Shoukry heads for Kampala to attend 19th NAM summit

Ahram Online , Thursday 18 Jan 2024

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry headed on Thursday for the Ugandan capital, Kampala, to lead the Egyptian delegation at the 19th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on behalf of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry


According to the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid, the summit, which runs from 19-20 January 2024 under the theme "Deepening Cooperation for Shared Global Affluence," is held under Uganda's chairmanship for 2024-2027, following the end of Azerbaijan's term, and is expected to feature the participation of more than 120 countries.

Abu Zeid added that Egypt has historically attached special importance to the NAM, being one of its founders and a supporter of its principles. He noted that the significance of the movement has increased in light of the growing political, economic, and security challenges currently facing developing countries and the escalation of conflicts and polarisation globally.

 He further noted that Shoukry's agenda during the summit will include delivering a speech on behalf of President El-Sisi and holding some bilateral meetings with counterparts from member states to discuss bilateral relations and consult on current regional and international issues and challenges.

The NAM was founded in 1961 in the former Yugoslavia. It includes 120 member states and is headquartered in Central Jakarta, Indonesia.

The movement was created through an initiative by the late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel-Nasser, Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and the Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito. It consisted of nations aligned with neither the Eastern nor Western bloc during the Cold War.

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