Sisi tells Davos 2015: ‘no one can monopolize the truth’

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi makes a speech during the Egypt in the World event in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos Jan. 22, 2015. (Reuters)

Egyptian President Abdelfattah al-Sisi told the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday that “no one can monopolize the truth,” referring to religious extremism plaguing the region and other parts of the world.

“We must change the religious discourse and remove things that have led to violence,” said the Egyptian president during a question and answer session after he delivered a speech.

“No one can monopolize the truth. No one should believe their ideas are better than others,” Sisi added.

“Islam is a religion with values of tolerance. It should not be evaluated by the actions of murderers,” he said. “We must mobilize all our efforts to eliminate the scourge of terrorism.”

Sisi has been battling violent extremism in the Sinai Peninsula and other parts of the country since the overthrow of Islamist president Mohammed Mursi in July 2013.

Recently Sisi, while addressing Muslim scholars at al-Azhar University, called for a “religious revolution,” saying: “Is it possible that 1.6 million Muslims should want to kill the rest of the world’s seven billion inhabitants so that they themselves may live?”

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In Davos, the Egyptian president highlighted the importance of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the broader stability of the region.

“If we are able to reach peace between Israel and Palestine we will create a new reality in the region,” he said.

“We welcome all ideas which will encourage Palestinians and Israelis to reach peace,” he said.

But the Egyptian leader’s presence at Davos was not all about politics. Sisi sought to encourage world business leaders to invest in Egypt.

“Egypt reiterates its commitment to opening up to the world,” he said. "Egypt is fully aware that it needs to open up to the world to realize its ambitions."

"There is no doubt that sustainable development is an issue of paramount importance,” he said.

He admitted that challenges were “extremely present and they are a large burden on the people of Egypt.”

He reiterated the role of the Egyptian youth in the building the future Egypt.

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