Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg posing before their meeting at the alliance headquarters in Brussels on Monday, July 12, 2021. Photo courtesy of Egyptian foreign ministry Facebook page
Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry discussed on Monday in Brussels with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg ways to activate and develop the cooperation and partnership programs between Egypt and NATO, the Egyptian foreign ministry announced.
According to the Egyptian foreign ministry, the meeting involved a discussion about boosting cooperation between Egypt and NATO in fields including cyber security, counterterrorism, illegal immigration, and demining programs.
During the meeting, Stoltenberg welcomed the renewal of the Individual Partnership cooperation program between Egypt and NATO as part of the cooperation between NATO and the Mediterranean Dialogue Partner countries.
Launched in 1994, the Mediterranean Dialogue is a forum of cooperation between NATO and seven countries from the Eastern and Southern Mediterranean, including Egypt.
Shoukry and Stoltenberg also discussed the different security challenges in the region, especially in the Eastern Mediterranean, North Africa, the Sahel, the Sahara and the Horn of Africa.
The Egyptian foreign minister shared Egypt’s stances regarding the crises facing several countries in the region, as well as the Egyptian efforts in counterterrorism, asserting Egypt’s full commitment to supporting international efforts to fight terrorism and radical thought.
Sameh Shoukry has been in Brussels since Sunday to hand over a message from President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to the President of the European Council Charles Michel.
He has met a number of EU officials and European foreign ministers over the recent developments in the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam issue as well as other regional matters.