FILE - Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri
CAIRO – 8 May 2019: Foreign Minister SamehShoukry will meet Wednesday with Secretary General of La Francophonie Louise Mushikiwabo at the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.
Egypt joined the International Organization of la Francophonie in 1970 in light of its belief in the importance of cultural and civilizational diversity and the promotion of peace, development and rapprochement among peoples called for by the organization.
Egypt continues to participate in the Francophone summits and the successive ministerial conferences of the organization as well as the annual celebrations organized on the International Day of Francophonie on March 20 each year.
Egypt also hosts one of the most important bodies of the educational and cultural organization, the Francophone International University for the Service of African Development known asSangour University, which was founded in 1989 in Alexandria.
In October 2015, Egypt and the Francophone Organization signed a memorandum of understanding under the program "French in International Relations" for the period between 2015 and 2018. Egypt was chosen from 16 other member countries to benefit from the program. Egypt also topped the most successful countries to benefit from this program in 2011-2014.