Egyptian participation in the African - European Summit on Migration
Monday، 16 November 2015 - 12:00 AM
Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry, on behalf of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, participated in the African - European Summit on Migration that is taking place in the Maltese Capital of Valetta on the 11th and the 12th of November, 2015.
Leaders of European Union countries, number of African countries, international and regional organizations, and UN agencies working in the field of migration, fighting smuggling of migrants, and trafficking human, participated in the summit.
The minister asserted in his statement the importance of encouraging the legal migration, as a solution to combat illegal migration.
Shoukry also stressed the need of strengthen ties between migration and development, the ties of immigrants with their counties, facilitating granting visas and movement.
He pointed to the necessity of finding common solutions of the illegal migration, and trafficking human, urging European countries to assume their responsibilities towards the immigrants.
Egypt asserted the significance of European countries contribution seriously in achieving sustainable development in Africa, giving space to migrant labor from Africa.
He assured the positivity of migration phenomena as basic element to eradicate poverty, providing job opportunities, and attracting more investments to develop the exporting migrant’s countries.
Egypt stressed the inevitability of resolve ongoing conflicts in the region, in the forefront is the Syrian crisis, and supporting the legal government, pointing out the close correlation between these conflicts and the increase of illegal immigrants, terrorism and arms smuggling.
Egypt called for the implantation of related international agreements, noting that any European approaches contrary this would strengthen violence and hatred against immigrants in Europe.
Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, has met on the 12th of November 201 the Foreign Minister of Sudan, Ibrahim Ghandour.
The ministers have met on the sidelines of the conference of the African - European Summit on Migration that is taking place in the Maltese Capital of Valetta on the 11th and the 12th of November, 2015.
The meeting between the two ministers has dealt with the unique bilateral relations between Egypt and Sudan and the various ways to develop them further. This included preparing for the Joint Committee between both countries. Besides the preparations for the 6 party talks of the Ministers of Irrigation and Water, as well as the Foreign Ministers, of the 6 Nile basin countries.
The talks will aim to study the reports about the effects of the Millennium Dam and the guarantees regarding the principles declared by the Tri-Partite meetings on the 26th of March 2015 in Khartoum.
The meeting has also discussed the current regional issues of common interest between both states; at the head of these issues were the situations in Libya, Syria and Yemen.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry convened with the Foreign Minister of the Netherlands Bert Koenders on the sidelines of their participation in the African-European Summit on Migration being held in the capital of Malta, Valletta, on November 11-12.
Egypt emphasizes the importance of expanding the pathways for legal migration as a basic solution to the problem of illegal immigration, as well as the need to strengthen the links between migration and development.
Shoukry also highlighted the importance that all international parties work to resolve existing conflicts in the region, topped by a political settlement to the Syrian crisis and supporting the legitimate Libyan government to enforce its control over the territory of the State, given the close link between ongoing crises and the increasing numbers of illegal immigrants and the spread of phenomena like terrorism and arms smuggling.
The two ministers also discussed bilateral relations between Egypt and the Netherlands, and ways of enhancing them in various fields. They also discussed Egypt's relations with the European Union, where Shoukry expressed Egypt's keenness to develop relations in various political, economic and cultural fields.
Shoukry also went over developments of the situation related to the Russian plane crash, emphasizing the need to avoid jumping to conclusions about the causes of the accident before the results of investigations are officially announced.
He also stressed Egypt's ability to fully secure its airports and tourist resorts, so as to provide security to all foreign tourists in Egypt.