Egypt's Shoukry discusses counter-terrorism, economic reform and illegal migration with Bundestag member

Ahram Online , Tuesday 3 Jul 2018

Shoukry is in Berlin for two days

Egypt meeting with German officials in Berlin on Tuesday July 3 (Photo: courtesy of Egyptian Foreign Ministry)

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with Ralf Brauksiepe, a member of the Bundestag and head of the Egyptian-German Parliamentary Friendship Association, on Tuesday, to discuss Egypt's battle against terrorism, the migration crisis, and economic reforms.

Shoukry expressed to Brauksiepe Egypt's aspiration to play an active role in further enhancing relations between both countries, according to a foreign ministry statement.

Shoukry arrived in Germany on Tuesday for a two-day visit.

The Egyptian-German Parliamentary Friendship Association was formed in Cairo in March 2017 with the aim of reinforcing relations between Egypt's parliament and Germany's Bundestag in combating terrorism, fighting illegal migration and promoting tourism.

The officials discussed Egypt's efforts in combating terror as well as the latest developments in the counterterrorism Operation Sinai 2018.

"In this battle Egypt has succeeded to strike the infrastructure of terrorism and terrorist groups, not only to defend the security of its territory and the Middle East and North African region, but also to defend the security of Europe," the statement read.

Shoukry also reviewed the measures taken by the Egyptian government in implementing the structural economic reform programme and creating an attractive environment for foreign investment.

The foreign minister also referred to Egypt's efforts in combating illegal migration and welcomed the launching of the first round of consultations to implement the agreement on cooperation between the two countries in the field of migration, which was signed by the foreign ministers of the two countries on 27 August 2017.

The statement said that the German MP was interested in identifying the Egyptian vision in support of achieving stability and reach political settlements for a number of crises in the region, especially Libya, Syria and Yemen.

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