Egypt force of stability in Middle East
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 5/24/2001
Egyptian Prime Minister Atef Ebeid said that Egypt is a force of stability in the Middle East and is capable, with its Armed Forces, to deter any attempt to commit aggression on Egyptian territory.
"We shall not tolerate any outside threat against Egypt," he said.
In a statement before the People's Assembly Wednesday in which he replied to remarks made by Assemblymen during debates on the draft plan and budget for the new fiscal year, Ebeid thanked the Assembly for approving the draft state budget for fiscal 2001/2002.
He hoped that the new year would bring good for Egypt; President, Assembly, government and people. "We all work as sincere soldiers of the President and Leader, and for Egypt," he said.
Ebeid expressed thanks to deputies of the majority and the opposition. He thanked Assemblymen for supporting reform plans in Owaynat, Central Sinai, Toshka, Upper Egypt and North Delta. He renewed government commitment to the welfare of farmers.
He lauded the Assembly for drawing the attention of the government to the President's call to expedite steps to build a technological base in support of development.
Ebeid said that the government has decided to begin work in three spheres: information and communications, and at once, in petrochemicals.
Ebeid told the Assemblymen that the government responded to a wish they had made and took urgent steps to insure Egyptians abroad.
As of July, the government will carry out effective plans to provide jobs for young people.
The government has exerted efforts to promote tourism. Plans to build and modernize airports are being carried out. A unified draft labour law has been drawn up. It was approved by the Cabinet and will be referred to the People's Assembly.
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