Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called on Saturday for protecting Arab youth from radical ideologies.
He proposed declaring 2023 as the year of Arab youths to help them confront wrong and extremist ideas.
He made his remarks during a meeting with Arab ministers of youth and sports on the sidelines of their Council’s 45th meeting in Cairo.
Sisi said the youth are vital for Arab national security, underscoring the importance of developing their understanding and awareness in order to boost stability, security and peace and provide factors of progress and success.
According to a presidency statement, Sisi underlined the need to engage Arab youths in the digital transformation process, programming and rapid technological progress, which have a high impact on future job opportunities.
He cited the modern technological universities that Cairo has recently established for this purpose.
Sisi and the Arab ministers exchanged views on the various Arab experiences in youth work and means of benefiting from them to support youth dialogue and provide consultation to develop visions that would address the challenges they face.
The Arab ministers hailed Egypt’s interest in youth and sports under Sisi’s leadership.
They highlighted the various youth initiatives the country has adopted, as well as the national, regional and international events and conferences in this regard, which reflect the youth’s pivotal role in Egypt’s national development strategy.