In a statement on Sunday, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the decision comes within the framework of Egypt’s keenness to contribute to strengthening the international community’s counterterrorism efforts.
Egypt was one of the founders of the 30-member state apolitical GCTF, which was established in 2011 to enable counterterrorism officials in member states to share expertise and strategies with the aim of enhancing their capabilities to eliminate terrorist threats within their borders and regions.
Since its establishment in 2017, Egypt and the EU have co-chaired the forum’s capacity-building in the east Africa region working group of the forum, which seeks to counter terrorism and extremism in the region.
The biannual meeting of the GCTF Coordinating Committee was last held in October last year and was co-chaired by Canada and Morocco.
GCTF members and delegations as well as inspired institutions and the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact participate in the Coordinating Committee’s meetings.