Egypt plays pivotal role in the region: German FM
Hana Afifi, , Monday 4 May 2015
Currently in Egypt, Schteinmeier also speaks of the need for Egypt to protect its borders

GermanForeign Minister Frank-Walter Schteinmeiersaid 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.

Schteinmeieralso spoke of supporting Egypt's economy, andEgyptian-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, GermanChancellor Angela Merkel invited El-Sisi to visit Germany.