Monday,25 March, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1417, (8 - 14 November 2018)
Monday,25 March, 2019
Issue 1417, (8 - 14 November 2018)

Ahram Weekly

An oasis for dialogue

 final session of Model Arab African Summit
final session of Model Arab African Summit

The World Youth Forum captured the attention of the press this week.

The editorial of the official daily Al-Ahram said the forum sent a message of peace and prosperity to the world.

"The forum, in its second edition, sends an important Egyptian message to the world’s youth and future leaders: Egypt will always be open to everybody. Egypt has always been and will always be a meeting point for peoples of the world,” the edit said.

The presence of some 5,000 youths from 145 countries, it added, reflected the success of Egypt in becoming “an oasis for dialogue”. In addition, the attendance of many top officials indicates that the World Youth Forum has become an important event on the world agenda and that the eyes and minds of the world are focusing on the frank and lively discussions that took place in Sharm El-Sheikh.

We should note, the edit added, the forum is on the right track that reflects Egypt’s civilised picture, its openness to the world and its special interest in the Arab world and the African continent, as the session entitled ‘Africa that we want’ showed.

The forum had a session about the digital world versus the real world. But Egypt managed to discuss the real problems in the real world away from the virtual world, the edit summed up.

Emadeddin Adib referred to a quote by Winston Churchill that in paraphrase, said power was the biggest curse that can hit any person with authority.

Thus, Adib wrote, some think that possessing power is enough for success and achieving goals.

However, the proper understanding of power is what counts. And that, he added, shows the importance of President Al-Sisi's comments at the end of the strategic dialogue at the youth forum.

"In the forum Al-Sisi warned that using ultimate power to change things can get out of hand and cause the fall of state institutions including security,” Adib wrote in the daily Al-Watan.

The president's comments, Adib concluded, reflect an understanding of the limits of power so as not to fall in the catastrophe of terrorism that leads to disorder.

Amr Shobki, who wrote about the recent attack on Copts in Minya, expressed his amazement that every time Coptic martyrs fall victim to terrorism, we repeat the mantra 'Egypt is the target'.

“The Copts are targeted more than any other group. We should not try to hide that fact and increase the feeling of isolation among Copts. It is true that terrorism targets Egypt, but it targets the Copts – as it does with other groups – when it targets Egypt,” Shobki wrote in the daily Al-Masry Al-Youm.

More annoying, he added, many decide to ignore that Copts are targeted nowadays more than at any time before because political reasons for targeting them are added to ethnic reasons, namely that they are catergorised as an arm of the ruling regime.

By Mohamed Abdel-Latif, Al-Youm Al-Sabei


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