Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry presented Egypt’s vision on challenges in North-East Africa during the Munich Security Council (MSC) meeting, highlighting the key challenges of political instability and the spread of terrorism.
Shoukry spoke in a panel discussion on regional security in North-East Africa during the 56th MSC meeting, pointing at developmental difficulties, the negative impact of climate change and illegal migration, and other challenges the region faces.
He presented Egypt’s vision on dealing with such issues, including its keenness during its chairmanship of the African Union last year to activate African solutions for problems in the continent and the necessity of adopting a comprehensive approach against terrorism.
Such approach includes renewing religious discourse and the necessity to combat the funding of terrorist groups and hold states that support terrorism accountable, Shoukry said.
Shoukry affirmed the necessity of regional states adopting a more effective strategy to manage its natural resources optimally in light of both the scarcity of the resources and population increase.
Shoukry is in Germany to participate in the MSC meeting, which focuses on the future of the European Union (EU) and key challenges and crises in the regional and international arenas.
He will also hold talks with a large number of officials participating in the conference to discuss means of boosting joint cooperation, according to foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez.
The Egyptian foreign minister has held separate meetings in Munich with his Dutch counterpart Stef Blok and with Jan Hecker, foreign policy adviser to the chancellor of Germany on regional developments, including the Libyan crisis.