Minister of Foreign Affairs Receives EU's Special Representative for Human Rights
Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry received today February 23rd, Mr. Stavros Lambrinidis, the European Union's Special Representative for Human Rights.
Counselor Ahmed Abu Zeid, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stated that Mr. Lambrinidis highlighted the strategic significance of Egypt to the EU. He expressed satisfaction over the progress made with regards to the ongoing cooperation between the two sides, after the adoption of the Partnership priorities, which entail providing support for Egypt and exchanging views on regional developments in light of the EU's recognition of Egypt's pivotal and pioneering role and its efforts to restore stability and security in the region.
The Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Sameh Shoukry looked forward to enhancing cooperation and coordination with the EU, on the basis of mutual understanding and appreciation. Shoukry underlined that Egypt is moving steadily towards fulfilling the aspirations of the Egyptian people in establishing a democracy that upholds the values of citizenship and the principles of human rights. The Minister of Foreign Affairs underscored that these rights shall not be limited to political and civil rights, but must include all other economic and social rights. He noted that Egypt is keen on providing an enabling environment for more than 48 thousands NGO's to work freely under the rule of law.
Counselor Ahmed Abu Zeid added that the European official agreed with Minister Shoukry on the importance of addressing the issues of Human rights in Egypt from a comprehensive perspective that includes not only political rights but also social and economic rights, taking into consideration the mounting security challenges and the difficult regional situations. Mr. Lambrinidis stressed the EU's keenness on its relation with Egypt, and on enhancing dialogue, partnership and cooperation.