The Burundian President raises a banner with the image of President El-Sisi at the opening of the Continental Dialogue
Ghazaly to the Burundian President: Egypt always seeks bilateral cooperation and African unity
Ghazaly: President Sisi is keen on youth diplomacy
On the occasion of President Sisi's victory, President "Evariste Ndayishimiye" of Burundi, the brotherly republic, carried a banner containing the images of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and the leader Gamal Abdel Nasser, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity (now the African Union) and five years since the establishment of the Nasser Youth Movement. This took place on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the second edition of the Continental Meeting for Generational Dialogue on the Role of Youth in Peace and Security, held this December at the Kiriri Presidential Palace in Burundi. The event brought together representatives from different generations and key stakeholders in youth, peace, and security in Africa, including government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, private sector partners, representatives of international and local organizations, entrepreneurs, artists, and others.
During the opening session titled "African Youth at the Heart of Continental Integration and Effective Implementation of the African Free Trade Area," Ghazaly, representing the North African region, highlighted the importance of bringing together lessons from the past and addressing current challenges in establishing principles of peace, security, and humanitarian solidarity. He emphasized that the Nasser Youth Movement, an independent developmental movement, is rooted in the principles of non-alignment and the ten principles of Afro-Asian solidarity. Ghazaly highlighted the movement's focus on maximizing bilateral relations between Egypt and countries worldwide, especially in the youth sector.
Ghazaly continued, underscoring Egypt's historical continental role, noting the support given by the late leader Gamal Abdel Nasser to national liberation movements. He pointed out the current support extended by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to Egyptian youth and youth worldwide, highlighting El-Sisi's sponsorship of the Nasser Leadership Fellowship since its inception as a major sponsor. Ghazaly emphasized that the Nasser Youth Movement was established in conjunction with Egypt's presidency of the African Union, aiming to connect Egyptian youth leaders in various sectors such as culture, media, and development with their counterparts from different African and global countries. This, he asserted, reflects the space provided by the Egyptian leadership for youth participation on various local and international levels.
On the sidelines of the meeting, Ghazaly met with members of the Nasser Youth Movement's national branch in Burundi. The meeting discussed activating the national branch through Nasser Fellowship graduates and movement members who are active youth leaders. They explored ways to enhance the convergence of Egyptian and Burundian youth through modern communication tools, improve their technical capabilities, and connect them with decision-makers in their countries. Additionally, they discussed informing new movement members about the grants and programs provided by the Egyptian government. The meeting also sought consultation with the movement's leaders in Burundi on the procedures for opening membership to new affiliates, enhancing their role, and linking them to the Egyptian Embassy in Burundi to benefit from the grants offered by Egypt.