Egypt, Sierra Leon sign agreements to enhance political, cultural cooperation

Ahram Online , Tuesday 24 Aug 2021

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry urges to intensify efforts to combat terror groups in Sahel region

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Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (R), and Sierra Leonean Foreign Minister David Francis after signing bilateral agreements (photo courtesy of the Egyptian foreign ministry)

Egypt and Sierra Leon signed on Tuesday a number of agreements for cooperation in the fields of political consultation, youth and culture, Egypt's foreign ministry said.

The agreements were signed by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Sierra Leonean counterpart David Francis, who is visiting the Egyptian capital Cairo on top of an official delegation.

Shoukry and Francis exchanged views on a number of bilateral issues and regional causes of mutual interest, the ministry added in a statement, addung that they expressed their aspiration to enhance the level of trade exchange to be on par with political relations between the two countries.

Shoukry said Egypt will send a package of medical aid to Sierra Leone to help support the health sector there.

Shoukry urged intensifying bilateral and regional efforts to combat terrorist organizations and organized crime groups in the Sahel region as well as reconstruction and development process needed during the post-armed conflict stage.

The talks also touched upon joint coordination regarding an African call to reform and expand the Security Council, in light of Sierra Leone's presidency of the African Union's Committee of Ten concerned with the matter.

The Security Council includes five permanent members, who have the right to veto resolutions (China, France, Russia, the UK and the US) as well as five non-permanent members, who are elected by the General Assembly for two-year terms, and five non-permanent members, who are elected each year.

Only one seat is designated for Africa out of the 10 non-permanent seats, so the African countries want to expand the UN organ to be included in the permanent membership as well as increase the African representation in the non-permanent seats.

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