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We cooperate with Egypt in border control: European parliament

A delegation from the European parliament's foreign affairs committee headed by its chairman Elmar Brok met with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and the head of House of Representatives Ali Abdel-Al

Ahram Online , Sunday 7 Feb 2016
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President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi meets with European parliament delegation in Cairo (Photo: Egyptian Presidency)
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Elmar Brok, the head of the European parliament's foreign affairs committee who is currently visiting Egypt, stated on Sunday that there was significant cooperation with Egypt regarding border control and illegal immigration issues.
 
Brok added during a press conference in Cairo that the European parliament's delegation and Egyptian officials agreed to increase cooperation between the House of Representatives and the European parliament.
 
The European parliament delegation met on Sunday Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in which they discussed recent regional developments including the war on terrorism, the refugee crisis and the situation in Libya.
 
The delegation headed by Brok also met with the House of Representatives' speaker Ali Abdel-Al at the parliament's headquarters where they discussed methods of cooperation.  
 
The head of the foreign affairs committee also revealed that the European parliament's position against the recent mass-death sentences issued in Egypt was a general position against capital punishment worldwide and not only in Egypt.
 
"We reject death sentences in general, not only in Egypt, but also in other countries such as Saudi Arabia, China and Iran," Brok said.   
 
Regarding the recent murder of Italian PhD student Giulio Regeni, and whether it would affect the Egyptian-European relations, Elmar Brok  said : "I have said that the Italian authorities negotiate themselves. This is an issue of great concern and the Egyptian authorities should undertake a full investigation. The European Parliament is concerned of this issue and others and had therefore declared support for the Italian authorities."
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