During his first meeting with the National Security Council, President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi focused on several developmental issues regarding launching a new nuclear reactor, tourism development and encouraging investments.
The meeting was held for the first time on Monday along with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Defence Minister Sedki Sobhi, and the Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs, Interior Affairs, Justice, and Education, and the Head of Intelligence.
Ministers discussed topics related to their work, as well as counter-terrorism strategies.
The members decided to expand Egypt’s counter-terrorism strategy to cooperate with military movements, and work on different aspects related to terrorism on the economic, social and intellectual levels.
Al-Sisi highlighted the importance of security and its link to encouraging new investments in Egypt.
The Russian plane crash in Sinai on 31 October was confirmed to have been caused by a bomb on Tuesday, as traces of a homemade explosive device containing 1 kg of TNT was found in the wreckage, Federal Security Service director Aleksandr Bortnikov told President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, according to Russian state-owned RT.
The incident had profound harmful consequence on the tourism industry. During the Monday meeting, Al-Sisi also assigned the council members to boost the tourism sector by encouraging domestic and Arab tourism.
Moreover the meeting reviewed the latest developments and the required technical support for the new Nuclear Reactor, to be launched in the Dabaa Power Plant.
Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker revealed at the beginning of September that negotiations regarding the technical and financial aspects of the Dabaa project are ongoing with five countries, including China, the US, Russia, France and South Korea.
Last year, the Nuclear Affairs and Energy Adviser at the Ministry of Electricity, Ibrahim Al-Osery, told Daily News Egypt that the project has the potential to provide up to 50% of Egypt’s electric energy capacity.
The implementation of the Dabaa nuclear project has witnessed serious delays, despite being planned since the end of the 1950s under former president Abdel Nasser, Al-Osery added.