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Egypt’s Participation in the 19th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) 2024

Thursday، 18 January 2024 - 12:00 AM

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Thursday 18/1/2024 headed for the Ugandan capital Kampala to lead Egypt’s delegation to the 19th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on behalf of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

This year, the two-day summit is held in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, from 19-20 January as Uganda is chairing the Movement during the period between 2024 and 2027 following the end of Azerbaijan’s presidency.

Established in 1961, the NAM Summit addresses diverse social and political issues, actively contributing to global peace and security by advocating for nuclear disarmament, condemning terrorism, and supporting UN peacekeeping efforts.

This year's summit theme is "Deepening Cooperation for Shared Global Affluence," featuring the participation of 120 member countries, 10 observer countries, and 10 observer organizations.

NAM has become very important amid growing political, economic and security challenges facing developing states at present.

The agenda of the foreign minister includes delivering Egypt’s speech on behalf of the president and holding a number of bilateral meetings with his counterparts from the foreign ministers of member states on joint relations and current regional and international issues and challenges.

Activities

Thursday 18 Jan 2024

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with the acting Somali Foreign Minister Ali Mohamed Omar.

During the meeting, Shoukry reiterated Egypt's unwavering support for Somalia in safeguarding its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Shoukry emphasized Egypt's recognition of the importance of Somalia's security and stability. He expressed Egypt's readiness to leverage its capabilities to assist Somalia in building national capacities, implementing developmental plans, and fostering stability.

On his part, the Somali acting foreign minister welcomed the solidarity expressed by the emergency session of the Arab Foreign Ministers Council and praised supportive positions from several African countries for Somalia's sovereignty and territorial unity.

Both Shoukry and Omar agreed to continue close consultation and coordination in the upcoming period to support Somalia and its brotherly people.

Shoukry also met with his Ugandan counterpart Jeje Odongo on the sidelines of the summit, conveying Egypt's support for Uganda's presidency of the NAM Summit and confidence in Uganda's ability to handle this responsibility.

Shoukry indicated Egypt’s support for Uganda’s chairmanship of the Non-Aligned Movement Summit, expressing his confidence in the wisdom and ability of the Ugandan side to assume this responsibility, which was appreciated by his Ugandan counterpart who stressed his aspiration for Egypt’s support to Uganda’s efforts to operationalize this important forum at this timing which witnesses exacerbating regional and international challenges, most notably the war in the Gaza Strip.

During the meeting, the Ugandan Foreign Minister expressed his appreciation for the Egyptian efforts related to cooperation in the fields of infrastructure, energy, and capacity building for Ugandan cadres.

In this context, Minister Shoukry expressed Egypt’s keenness to continue playing this role in light of the historical relations between the two countries, and the desire to support the brotherly Ugandan people.

The meeting between the two sides addressed the major regional issues, most notably the situation in Sudan, whereby the two sides exchanged views regarding means to resolve the crisis and their efforts in this regard.

The meeting also discussed recent developments related to the situation in Somalia, as both sides’ views converged in this regard.

FM Shoukry continues his bilateral meetings on the margins of NAM’s 19th Summit, meeting with FMs of Bahrain,Tanzania, Djibouti and Morocco…fostering bilateral relations and advancing priorities of NAM.

Friday 19/1/2024

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry met with his Belarusian counterpart, Sergei Aleinik, on the sidelines of the 19th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) hosted by Kampala, Uganda.

Shoukry and his Belarusian counterpart, Sergei Aleinik, have agreed on the study of launching direct flights between Egypt and Belarus during the coming period.

During their meeting, the foreign ministers also discussed ways to enhance cooperation between both countries in fields of mutual interest, including heavy industries, railways, food processing, and agricultural mechanization.

Additionally, they agreed to continue arrangements for holding the next session of the joint supreme committee between the two countries during the first half of this year.

Regarding regional issues, Shoukry highlighted during the meeting the developments in Gaza and the vital role played by Egypt to ensure unimpeded delivery of humanitarian to the strip.

The Egyptian foreign minister also underlined Cairo’s ongoing efforts to achieve ceasefire in Gaza, while persistently warning of the risks posed by this situation on the region’s security and stability. Egypt has also warned against the danger of the possible expansion of the conflict to the regional surrounding.

Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry met with the Indian Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar

During their meeting, Shoukry asserted the importance of benefiting from intensifying high-level visits between Egypt and India in 2023 to back the implementation of the strategic partnership agreement between the two countries.

The two ministers agreed on establishing a working team to follow up on the implementation of existing Indian projects in Egypt, particularly the projects that were launched in the field of green hydrogen. In this regard, Shoukry stressed that Egypt attached great importance to boosting its investments in this area.

The two ministers agreed on promoting bilateral ties in various domains, topped by the pharmaceuticals, renewable energy and information technology sectors.

The meeting also touched on a number of regional and international issues of common interest, including the latest developments in the occupied Palestinian territories and means to advance efforts to calm the situation and reduce the escalation between the Palestinian and Israeli sides.

According to a statement from the Egyptian ministry, the top Indian diplomat was keen to listen to Shoukry's assessment of the situation in the Gaza Strip. He also expressed his country's appreciation for Egypt's efforts to put an end to this crisis and alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people.

Furthermore, Jaishankar expressed his country's concerns about attacks on shipping in the Red Sea, pointing out that a number of Indian ships have been targeted.

The Indian foreign minister highlighted the serious repercussions on international navigation, noting that India has a great interest in international trade corridors and could be negatively affected by such attacks.

Shoukry said that the recent developments in the Red Sea and elsewhere in the region indicate the widening of the conflict. He noted that Egypt has repeatedly warned of such an outcome, emphasizing the necessity of ending the crisis as soon as possible.



Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry met with the Tanzanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, January Makamba, on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement Summit currently being held in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

The meeting addressed ways to enhance bilateral relations between the two countries, particularly in the economic aspect, and efforts to increase trade exchange. The Tanzanian Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed satisfaction with the recent increase in Egyptian investments in his country.

The meeting also addressed the latest developments related to cooperation between the two countries regarding the construction of the "Julius Nyerere" dam and ongoing preparations for celebrating the early operation of the dam. The meeting also touched upon the upcoming round of the Joint Committee between the two countries, scheduled to be held in Tanzania later this year.

Both sides agreed to continue consultations on ways to develop bilateral relations. Minister Shoukry expressed his welcome to host his Tanzanian counterpart in Cairo at the earliest opportunity.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Djibouti, Mahmoud Ali Youssouf.

The meeting discussed the main regional developments related to the situation in Sudan and Somalia, whereby the two ministers agreed on the importance of reaching a ceasefire in Sudan, thus paving the way for initiating a political process that would put an end to the suffering of the brotherly Sudanese people.

The two sides emphasized the gravity of the recent developments related to the situation in Somalia, and the negative effects on the region’s stability, stressing their rejection of any attempt to violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Somalia, and affirming the importance of endeavouring towards the preservation of its unity.

The two sides agreed to continue consultation and close coordination regarding relevant regional developments, in light of the close and historical ties binding their two countries with the brotherly Sudanese and Somali peoples.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry held a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Kampala.

Shoukry affirmed at the beginning of the meeting, Egypt’s appreciation for the deep-rooted path of bilateral relations between the two sisterly countries, and the distinguished levels of fraternity and solidarity it has reached in light of the mutual keenness of the countries’ leaders to develop and bolster them in various fields, expressing eagerness to continue bilateral action and coordination, including under the umbrella of joint Arab action, in favor of the peoples of the region, and within the framework of the Bahraini presidency of the next Arab Leaders Summit in Manama.

The two ministers’ discussions focused extensively on the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip, and the paths of political and diplomatic action aimed at achieving a comprehensive ceasefire, as the two ministers stressed the continued intensification of action at both the regional and international levels towards the inevitability of achieving a ceasefire and delivering humanitarian aid in a full and sustainable manner, in implementation of the relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, and in order to put an end to Israeli attacks and violations that transgress all provisions of international humanitarian law.

Moreover, the meeting tackled the ongoing escalation in the region against the backdrop of the situation in Gaza, including developments on the Lebanese scene, in Iraq, and threats to the security of navigation in the Red Sea, whereby Minister Shoukry warned of the consequences of expanding the scope of conflict in the region on the regional and international peace and security, and the necessity of intensifying joint Arab action, thus to confront this scenario and avoid its repercussions that threaten the safety and wealth of the region’s peoples.

On his part, the Bahraini Foreign Minister affirmed his country’s deep appreciation for the fraternal ties between Egypt and Bahrain, and the importance that his country attaches to furthering and enhancing the various aspects of bilateral cooperation with Egypt, stressing keenness to intensify bilateral consultation and coordination regarding issues of mutual concern, both at the bilateral level to advance the path of relations towards broader horizons, and with regard to advancing de-escalation efforts to consolidate the foundations of peace and security in the Arab region.


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