Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi speaks via video with delegations attending the 17th Conference of the African Union Intelligence and Security Services Committee (CISSA) in Cairo. Egyptian Presidency
In a speech recorded at the 17th CISSA conference, held in Cairo on Sunday, El-Sisi called for continuously developing the tools of African integration in a way that addresses the many emerging and non-traditional challenges.
During the conference, the Egyptian General Intelligence Service (GIS) supported the presidency of CISSA, intelligence provider to African Union states, for 2022 from Nigeria.
El-Sisi pledged during the Egyptian chairmanship of the committee to continue CISSA’s contributions to achieving security integration and building its capacity to help overcome security threats facing African nations. , said a statement from the Egyptian presidency.
African security and intelligence chiefs present at the conference expressed their willingness to strengthen the role of the committee under the Egyptian presidency.
El-Sisi praised the role of the committee in addressing all the challenges facing the continent, in addition to cross-border terrorism, which fragments societies and destroys concepts of national state by promoting extremist thinking.
The Egyptian president has warned that such extremist thoughts, which call for hatred of others, thwart efforts to advance humanity and hamper African countries’ steps towards achieving desired development and prosperity.
This requires increased coordination between all relevant continental mechanisms, including CISSA, to drain terrorism resources, besiege its activities and protect the African people from its dangers, El-Sisi said.
The president underlined the central role played by CISSA and all African security authorities in helping to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, which he said poses a growing threat to the security and stability of countries Africans.
He also commended the efforts of these authorities to monitor and track other security challenges facing the continent, including irregular migration, unemployment, cybersecurity and organized crime.
Established in 2004 in Abuja, Nigeria, CISSA aims to provide timely and insightful intelligence for decision-making to the intelligence services of its more than 50 member states through borderless cooperation.
CISSA secures a platform for the intelligence services of member states to exchange experiences and information necessary to combat the transnational security threats facing the African continent.
African leaders inaugurated the committee’s headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in February last year, on the sidelines of the 33rd AU summit chaired by El-Sisi as AU chairman at the era.
Egypt’s takeover of CISSA comes at a time when the continent is mired in armed conflict and heightened terrorist activity.
In November, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry called for increased coordination among African countries to eliminate all forms of terrorism.
Addressing the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC), Shoukry also called for serious and urgent cooperation between African countries and regional, continental and international institutions to address the growing link between funding for the African Union. terrorism and other forms of financial crime.
Egypt has repeatedly affirmed its concern to share its expertise in the face of extremist thought and the financing of terrorism.