Egyptian, Tanzanian FMs look to new horizons for cooperation

Ahram Online , MENA , Thursday 9 Jun 2022

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Tanzanian counterpart Liberata Mulamula discussed in a meeting in Cairo on Thursday enhancing bilateral cooperation, especially in agriculture and livestock.

Sameh Shoukry   Liberata Mulamula
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Tanzanian counterpart Liberata Mulamula during their meeting on Thursday 9 June, 2022. Photo courtesy of Egyptian Foreign Ministry Facebook page.


Shoukry and Mulamula held a joint press briefing following their meeting.

The meeting touched upon all aspects of cooperation on the economic and political fronts, Shoukry said.

Mulamula, who arrived earlier today in the Egyptian capital, held an earlier meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, where she conveyed a message from Tanzanian President Samia Hassan emphasising Tanzania's political will to advance relations with Egypt and strengthen joint African action, Shoukry told the conference.

Egypt's top diplomat also said that El-Sisi affirmed Egypt's keenness on cementing bonds with Tanzania, giving directives to speed up the holding of the Egyptian-Tanzanian committee in the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam.

Shoukry's meeting with his Tanzanian counterpart saw an exchange of views on a host of regional issues of mutual concern, including the Palestinian cause and the situations in Syria and Libya, he added during the presser.

In addition, the meeting tackled how to counter extremist ideologies and achieve stability in the Sahel and Sahara region, Shoukry said.

Both Shoukry Mulamula also lauded the deeply-rooted relations between Egypt and Tanzania in different fields.

Shoukry underlined the significance of boosting cooperation in trade and tourism, especially as the two countries enjoy great potential and in light of the well-established Egyptian-Tanzanian ties.

Egypt and Tanzania signed a number of memorandums of understanding (MoUs) in several fields, including education and sports, during a visit by Tanzanian President Samia Hassan to Cairo in November 2021.

Mulamula said her visit affirms Tanzania's commitment to continuing the implementation of existing projects, particularly the Julius Nyerere Hydroelectric Power Project (JNHPP) located in the Morogoro area on the Rufiji River in Tanzania.

The project, which dates back to 2017, is undertaken by a consortium of Egyptian companies under the supervision of the Egyptian government. The dam, set to be completed by 2022, is planned to secure a clean power supply for more than 60 million Tanzanians as well as control water flow during flooding.

Mulamula expressed appreciation for Egypt's support of her country in several sectors, including health, citing the dispatching of Egyptian doctors to Tanzanian hospitals, as well as offering programmes and scholarships in electricity and engineering.

Around 170 Tanzanians are studying at Egyptian universities, while some Tanzanians are teaching Swahili in Egypt, Mulamula noted.

Mulamula also said she probed with Shoukry ways to explore new horizons for cooperation in agriculture and livestock.

COP27, Africa

The Tanzanian minister lauded Egypt's hosting of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh in November.

Shoukry, who is also the president-designate of COP27, said that the event aims to fulfil the obligations made previously to assist developing countries, especially African ones.

Africa is the least responsible for climate disruption yet it is among the first and worst to suffer, Shoukry stressed.

The top Egyptian diplomat indicated that African countries are in need of support to be capable of achieving just transition to new and renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions, as well as adapting to this phenomenon's harmful effects, which include rising temperatures, desertification, water scarcity and human movement.

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