Tuesday، 13 October 2015 12:00 AM
The Egyptian Role Aiming at Restoring Peace and Stability to Somalia
Since the outbreak of the Somali crisis in 1991, Egypt has been seeking to find solutions and to put an end to fighting between the Somali brothers. Within the framework of Egypt's ongoing attempts to find the cherished solution, Cairo hosted the Somali National Reconciliation Conference in 1997, as most of the Somali faction leaders were gathered then.
Egypt is keen on participating in all international conferences and meetings to discuss the Somali crisis, such as the Khartoum Conference in 2006, and the Djibouti Conference in 2008, which resulted in the appointment of the current President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.
Egypt is an active member in the International Contact Group on the Somali problem, and is keen on participating in all meetings of the group. It is worthy to mention that the last of such meetings was held at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, on 21st , and 22nd, April 2010.
Egypt belongs to the International Contact Group on combating piracy off the Somali coast and chairs the Working Group IV, emanating from the Group which is concerned with supporting diplomatic efforts and promulgating awareness on the piracy phenomenon. It is worth mentioning that Egypt hosted the second Meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Somali Coast, on March 17th, 2009.