Egypt’s diplomats protect national interests, counter challenges: FM Shoukry

Ahram Online , Thursday 3 Mar 2022

Egypt’s diplomats have succeeded throughout the past century in defending the country's best interests and countering challenges, rendering it a partner in political decision-making, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Sunday.


Egyptian diplomacy has taken part in supporting the state's positions in international forums, Shoukry said in a recorded statement during a webinar organised by Kemet Boutros Ghali Foundation for Peace and Knowledge (KBG) under the title 100 Years of Diplomacy

Egypt’s foreign ministry was re-established on 15 March 1922, after the country's independence was officially recognised in February of the same year.

Shoukry commemorated the re-establishment of the ministry as part of the national independence process, acknowledging the dedication of his predecessors in the face of challenges and emphasising the necessity of perpetuating their legacy to achieve Egypt's goals at the regional and international levels.

The foreign ministry, he added, has managed to build up expertise in a wide range of areas, such as development, environmental diplomacy, and all the new affairs that appear on the international stage. This has made Egypt capable of interacting with a balanced and flexible policy.

"Egyptian foreign policy has been based on the diversification of its focus, the expansion of mutual partnership frameworks, the promotion of common interests, the support of different people, and the strengthening of national institutions around the world," he stressed.

Amr Moussa, former foreign minister and former secretary-general of the Arab League, said the re-establishment of the foreign ministry opened the door for Egyptian diplomacy to play an active role domestically and regionally.

He pointed out that Egypt defended the Arab identity in the 1940s and that the African question was also a top priority for Egyptian diplomacy. Egypt vigorously participated in establishing the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), he added.

Moussa noted that Egypt played an active role in the United Nations after World War II and was a staunch defendant of human rights and that its judges were among the first to work in international judicial organisations.

Egyptian diplomacy has had many independent positions over the years, including its historic role in establishing the Non-Aligned Movement and defending the Palestinian cause, he pointed out.

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