Egyptian, Belgian FMs discuss promoting cooperation in combating antiquities smuggling, restoring tourism
Ahram Online, , Tuesday 13 Jul 2021
Both ministers tackled a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern, including developments on the long-running Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam dispute


Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Belgian counterpart Sophie Wilmès discussed on Tuesday ways of promoting bilateral cooperation in various fields, foremost of which are combating antiquities smuggling and restoring tourism coming from Belgium.

Shoukry, who is on an official visit to Brussels, commended the interest of Belgian companies in participating in Egyptian development plans, particularly infrastructure and renewable energy projects.

Minister Shoukry reviewed, during the meeting, the continued national efforts aiming to reinforce human rights conditions and the country's success in combating illegal immigration, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Hafez said.

Egypt is hosting nearly 6 million immigrants and refugees, according to Hafez.

Both ministers also tackled a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern, including the developments in the Palestinian cause and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam dispute.

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