Egypt’s President said people should not expect the West to welcome migrants and ‘If you go to another country, you must abide by its culture. If not, don’t go’.
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said at a World Youth Forum in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt that ‘every country has the right to protect its people and their interests.’
He said: ‘Every country has the right to protect its people and their interests. It must generally respect human rights in a framework that preserves its national interests.’
‘Instead of asking me why countries [in the West] close their gates to us, you should ask yourself why the people of Afghanistan don’t take better care of their own country.’
‘Why have they been killing one another for 40 years?’
‘We fight amongst ourselves in our own countries, and then we expect countries that work day and night to achieve progress to protect their people and to maintain a certain standard of living for them – we demand that they let us in so we can have part of their [success].’
‘Do you expect them to open their doors so that we can go there demanding to keep our own culture?
‘We demand to keep our culture, which could be very different from the work ethic in those countries.’
‘You demand to go there with your culture which you consider to be non-negotiable. You say, “this is how we are and you must accept us [because of] human rights”. No.’
‘By the way, if you go to another country as a guest, you must completely abide by its laws, customs, traditions, and culture. You must abide by them completely. If you are not willing to do this, don’t go.’
‘Don’t expect them to open the door for you so you can go into their country and cause trouble. No.’