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Egypt plays pivotal role in the region: German FM

Currently in Egypt, Schteinmeier also speaks of the need for Egypt to protect its borders

Hana Afifi , Monday 4 May 2015
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Egyptian and German Foreign ministers meeting in Cairo on May 4, 2015 (Photo: Handout from Egyptian Foreign Ministry)
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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Schteinmeier said that Egypt is a key partner in guaranteeing stability in the region at a Cairo press conference on Monday, the Ahram Arabic news website reported.

The German foreign minister is currently in Egypt, where he has met with Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri.

Speaking about illegal immigration into Europe, especially from the Libyan coastline, the foreign minister said that Egypt urgently needed to protect and monitor its borders, adding that Germany provides technical assistance to Egypt to do so.

Schteinmeier also spoke of supporting Egypt's economy, and Egyptian-German maritime cooperation.

"We want Sisi's awaited visit to Germany to be based on this," he said.

At the press conference, Shoukri said that El-Sisi would visit Germany this June.

Shoukri said that he and his counterpart discussed "terrorism", security and nuclear weapons in Egypt and the rest of the Middle East.

In September and then again in March, German Chancellor Angela Merkel invited El-Sisi to visit Germany.

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