Mr. President to Tusk & Kurz: Egypt could put an end to illegal migration since 2016
European Council President & Austria's Chancellor visit
Monday، 17 September 2018 - 01:22 PM
According to the Egyptian Presidency spokesperson, Mr. President Abdel Fattah El Sisi discussed how to fight illegal migration and a number of regional issues with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk and the Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz.
Mr. President reviewed with Kurz and Tusk Egypt's own efforts in combating the illegal migration problem and securing its land and sea borders especially with instability in neighboring countries.
* Common Challenges
Sisi also stated during the meeting that the EU enjoyed an important place in the framework of Egypt's foreign ministry, not only because it is the country's main trade partner but also due to the common challenges Egypt and the EU face on both sides of the Mediterranean. Mr. President also stressed to his European guests that Egypt had not recorded a single case of illegal migration since 2016.
* Equal Treatment
El Sisi said that millions of refugees enjoy equal treatment in the country among the population without any isolation in refugee camps.
* Political Settlements
The President discussed with Tusk and Kurz the latest developments in the Middle East especially in Libya and Syria where they all agreed political settlements can put an end to fighting as well as illegal migration.
* Important Role
On the other side, Tusk and Kurz expressed their appreciation for the bilateral relations with Egypt, stressing on Egypt's important role in the Middle East.
Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Head of General Intelligence Directorate Abbas Kamel, the head of the EU commission in Cairo and Austria's ambassador's attended the meeting.
* EU-Arab summit
Mr. President and his guests agreed on the importance of Arab-European coordination to face regional challenges and threats, and stressed on the importance of the upcoming EU-Arab summit as a perfect opportunity to exchange views and boost cooperation.