In a speech commemorating the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has affirmed Egypt’s stance on combating terrorism, highlighting the need to “face states that employ [terrorism] to achieve political and ideological goals.”
The UN held its first virtual meeting of world leaders on Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from world leaders, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic
In his speech, Shoukry explained Egypt’s vision for dealing with current global issues and challenges, including preserving international peace and security, by “thwarting attempts to dismantle and fragment the nation state and push it into identity and sectarian conflicts.”
Shoukry highlighted the need to combat extremism and organised crime as well as remove weapons of mass destruction.
He also urged drafting effective rules to ensure cybersecurity and information security, as well as reforming the structures of institutions concerned with preserving global security and peace, especially the UN Security Council.
Concerning water issues, Shoukry said the use of trans-boundary waters must be in accordance with international law and called for avoiding unilateral actions that would affect the lives of people in other societies.
Shoukry’s comments come after Egypt failed to reach a binding agreement with Ethiopia regarding the filling and operation of its massive Renaissance Dam.
On the environment, Shoukry said that Egypt aims to limit emissions that contribute to global warming and climate change, and encourages a balanced approach in coping with the negative effects of this phenomenon.
Shoukry’s speech also underscored the need to protect human rights and combat racial discrimination and hatred. He called for empowering young people and women, effectively responding to health crises, allowing access to comprehensive healthcare, enabling legal migration and preserving the rights of migrants.
The FM also said that a breakthrough is needed in providing sustainable financing sources and combating corruption and illicit financial flows. He also called for ensuring the flow of knowledge, transferring technology and working to reform the international trade system.
Shoukry also affirmed Egypt’s commitment to the values of equality among people and the sovereignty of nations, avoiding polarisation, enhancing partnership among UN member states, respecting cultural and civilisational characteristics of peoples and societies and maintaining a global system governed by international law.