Egypt's foreign minister to head to Geneva to attend 40th session of UN Human Rights Council

Ahram Online , Monday 25 Feb 2019

Sameh Shoukry
Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry attends the first joint European Union and Arab League summit at the International Congress Centre in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, on February 24, 2019. (Photo: AFP)

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will travel to Geneva on Tuesday to deliver Egypt's statement to the 40th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The session began on Monday and will conclude on 22 March, according to a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry. 

The participation of the minister in the meetings of the Human Rights Council comes within the framework of Egypt's current membership in the council, ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said in the statement.

Shoukry will review Egypt's vision on the importance of human rights from a comprehensive perspective, including economic, social and political dimensions, as well as Egypt's efforts to establish human rights principles with a view to building up the Egyptian human being and participating in ongoing development efforts.

Hafez said that Shoukry will also deliver a speech at the Conference on Disarmament.

The minister will discuss Egypt's positions on disarmament and non-proliferation issues and the important role played by Egypt in supporting the disarmament agenda of the United Nations, as well as Egypt's position on the need to establish a zone free of nuclear weapons and other types of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.

Shoukry is scheduled to hold meetings with heads of international organisations on the sidelines of his visit to Geneva, including the heads of the International Telecommunication Union, the World Health Organization and the United Nations refugee agency, to review Egyptian positions on various issues and to take part in consultations. 


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