FILE: Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry
CAIRO – 29 October 2019: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry participated Monday in the closing session of the Munich Security Conference (MSC)’s Core Group Meetings held in Cairo.
The foreign minister’s speech highlighted some of the challenges facing the Middle East region, which represent pressing issues on the international scene such as combating terrorism, illegal immigration and climate change, according to Ahmed Hafez, spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry.
Shoukry stressed that terrorism requires a firm collective action to adopt a comprehensive approach that deals with terrorist groups, and their sponsors without any exception, adding that this comes in parallel with addressing the social, economic and political factors that benefit these terrorist groups.
Hafez noted that the foreign minister explained the importance of reaching a comprehensive political settlement as a major part of the sincere attempts to achieve peace and stability in the region. Shoukry also shed light on the Palestinian issue, and the Libyan and Syria crises.
Shoukry further pointed out that despite the difficulties facing security in the region, Egypt sticks to its firm position based on the principle of achieving security and safety in the region while preserving national institutions and sovereignty of states.
Shoukry also reviewed the challenges of peace and security in many countries in the African continent, pointing to the Sahel region where there is a flow of illegal immigration, as well as the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes region.
He also said that Cairo’s hosting of this meeting demonstrates the growing relations between Egypt and the organizers of the Munich Security Conference, wishing to organize similar joint activities in the future.