The Egyptian General Intelligence Service hosted a roundtable meeting on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) Core Group meetings, which are being held in Cairo on 27 and 28 October.
The meeting was attended by a number of heads of intelligence services from Arab, African and European states to discuss cross-border and regional challenges in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as ways to confront them.
The Munich Security Conference was launched on Sunday for the first time in the Middle East and Africa to tackle illegal migration, the spread of terrorism, climate change and cyber security.
The 13th Core Group Meetings of the MSC was attended by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, chairman of the MSC Wolfgang Ischinger, Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa, Niger’s Foreign Minister Kalla Ankourao, Uganda's Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa, Djibouti's Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, and secretary-general of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul-Gheit.
The event is supported by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the League of Arab States
The programme started with a roundtable discussion on ensuring peace during Sudan’s political transition, followed by a security roundtable on the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.
President El-Sisi stressed to the participants at the conference the importance of joint international action to combat security threats and bring stability to the Middle East.
The Egyptian president told policymakers, including foreign ministers and intelligence chiefs from a number of countries, that Egypt is working hard "to support security and stability."
El-Sisi said that he hopes the meeting could offer "constructive proposals" for dealing with current and evolving regional and international challenges.
The two-day conference includes a discussion on Libya and security in and around the Horn of Africa.