NAM Summit - Venezuela 2016
Sunday، 18 September 2016 - 12:12 PM
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry chairs Egypt's delegation at the Seventeenth Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement to be held on the 17th and 18th of September in Venezuela.
Counsellor Ahmed Abu Zeid Spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, underscored in his remarks, that Sameh Shoukry's participation in the summit comes in line with Egypt's keenness on the success of the summit and on achieving its desired goals, especially with regards to south - south coordination and cooperation on ways to tackle the ongoing political developments and the rising challenges many regions in the world are going through, particularly the Middle East and Africa, as well as advancing development efforts.
Abu Zeid added that the summit is expected to address NAM's visions and priorities towards many important files, primarily, the situations in Syria, Libya and Yemen, as well as ways to combat terrorism and extremism, in addition to advancing developmental and economic issues such as climate change, post 2015 development agenda and food security.
A declaration on the Palestinian cause is also expected to be issued to assert NAM's steadfast position in support of the cause.
Egypt is set to join the Summit Coordinating bureau, which includes in its membership a limited number of countries, and is entrusted with the task of following up on the implementation of the recommendations issued by the summit, as well as enhancing coordination between member states and advancing the working mechanisms of the movement.
The spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry affirms the great importance Egypt accords to the NAM, which stands out as the largest group of developing countries, with a membership of 120 countries out of the 193 United Nations member states. He underscored the growing need for coordination and continuous communication among its member States in order to defend their interests and voice their positions towards various regional and international issues, particularly in the light of the influence the movement wields across regional and international forums and organizations. The spokesperson also stressed NAM's historic significance to Egypt, as a founding member of the movement that embraces fundamental principles to govern relations between member States. Egypt has previously hosted the second and the fifteenth summits of the movement, held in 1964 and 2009 respectively.
The Foreign Minister is due to hold a number of meetings with his counterparts on the sidelines of the summit to explore ways to strengthen bilateral relations with Egypt and to discuss issues of mutual concern.