Egypt Calls for ‘Firm Collective Procedures’ to Combat ‘Terrorist Groups’
Egypt has called for "strong and collective measures to confront all terrorist organizations, and hold all those who provide them with support and a safe haven" to account.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that terrorism is one of the main threats against peace, stability and development efforts. which requires firm procedures to combat terrorist groups, with the need not to limit the confrontation to ISIS and Al Qaeda only, but rather target all groups that adopt extremist ideology.
In another context, the FM stressed that communication is important in order to reach comprehensive political settlements for the crises in the region. He hailed, in this regard, the Palestinian cause and the necessity of reaching a final and fair solution that includes establishing a Palestinian state.
These statements were made during Shoukry's speech at the Rome Med 2019 on Friday, showcasing Egypt’s vision towards the situation in the Middle East. Shoukry stressed the central role Egypt plays in support of stability in the region.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said that Shoukry started the dialogue session by expressing his delight to take part in the fifth edition of the conference.
In a statement published Friday on Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Facebook page, Hafez said that Shoukry expressed concern over the challenges in the Mediterranean Sea and stressed the importance of dedicated work to reach a comprehensive settlement regarding Libya.
He outlined the negative impact of the signing of the two memoranda of understanding on military cooperation and sovereignty over maritime jurisdictions between the Libyan Prime Minister and Turkey, as it is inconsistent with the Skhirat agreement.
Shoukry also discussed Egypt’s foreign policy and its keenness to build balanced ties with international partners.