Egypt’s FM urges formulating int’l multilateral system to tackle challenges threatening humanity

Ahram Online , Saturday 20 Nov 2021

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said current challenges threatening the survival of humanity requires the formulation of an international multilateral system based on cooperation and awareness of common destiny.

Egypt s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry
Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry delivers a speech during a session on changing multilateralism and regional security at the 17th Manama Dialogue in Bahrain on Saturday.

Shoukry made the remarks on Saturday during a session on changing multilateralism and regional security at the 17th Manama Dialogue in Bahrain, a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry read.

Organised by the British think tank International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Manama Dialogue is an annual international diplomatic and security summit held to discuss the Middle East’s challenges.

The summit, held between 19 to 21 November, gathers ministers, experts, and key officials and figures.

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Brett McGurk, and UK National Security Adviser Stephen Lovegrove are attending the summit.

Attendees also include Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Nayef Al-Hajraf, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Malaysia’s Minister of Defence Dato Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Libyan Foreign Minister Najla El-Mangoush, Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein, and other key officials.

During his speech, the top Egyptian diplomat affirmed international recognition of urgent need to modernise international and regional multilateral action.

There is also a need to bring new priorities and topics to the international agenda, which would tackle emerging non-traditional challenges, Shoukry said.

These priorities should tackle challenges such as conflicts on limited natural resources, including transboundary rivers, migration, and unemployment, the foreign minister said.

Shoukry called for giving space for justice among generation regarding tacking international decisions through listening to youth and understanding their priorities.

This comes in recognition of the right of these generations to participate in formulating the future that they will lead, Shoukry said.

Shoukry also affirmed the need for international solidarity to seriously and decisively face terrorism, saying the world is now facing growing threats of cross-border terrorism.

This in addition to the global challenges of climate change, the coronavirus pandemic, irregular migration, cyber and digital security, Artificial Intelligence, genetic modifications, space security and others, Shoukry said.

He affirmed that solidarity and coordination have become necessary and existential to face these challenges.

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