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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson: The conference aims to develop cooperation and integration between the States bordering the Red Sea for the well-being of their peoples
Under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Arab Republic of Egypt will host the High Level Meeting on " Peace, Security, and Prosperity in the Red Sea: Towards a Regional Cooperation Framework " on 11-12 December 2017, with the participation of senior officials of the Arab and African States bordering the Red Sea, namely the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Djibouti, Yemen and Sudan. At the opening ceremony, Egypt’s Deputy Foreign Minister for African Affairs, Ambassador Hamdi Loza, will deliver the speech of H.E. Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Counselor Ahmed Abu Zeid stated that the meeting takes place in light of Egypt's keenness to develop regional cooperation between the Arab and African countries, which have multifaceted and deep historical ties across the Red Sea shores, and in completion of the Egyptian efforts in developing cooperation and integration between these States so as to achieve prosperity for their peoples, and enhance the Red Sea bordering States’ possession of its affairs.
The meeting is organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in coordination with the Cairo International Centre for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding, and the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development.
The Foreign Ministry Spokesperson added that the conference tackles means to enhance cooperation between the Arab and African countries bordering the Red Sea through three political, security and economic axes. The political aspect deals with the common vision vis-à-vis the region’s challenges, the common Arab-African action frameworks and ways of developing regional cooperation through these frameworks. It also addresses enhancing the sovereignty of the Red Sea States in terms of their internal affairs and territorial waters, the coordination of common positions between the riparian countries within the various international and regional forums, and the political factors behind the spread of terrorism in the Red Sea region, as well as training cadres and exchange expertise in all fields.
He noted that the security cooperation aspect entails coordinating efforts in order to confront security threats, mainly terrorism, illegal immigration, human trafficking, smuggling and cross-border crime, as well as enhancing training cooperation, coordinating search and rescue operations, and cooperation in environmental protection and disaster response in the Red Sea.
As for economic cooperation, Abu Zeid said that it draws on exchange of expertise and successful models in the field of renewable energy to achieve integration between the riparian countries, finding new sources of renewable energy, and discussing ways of achieving integration and linking the different transport lines in the participating countries.
It also tackles partnership in the development of ports and the establishment of multi-purpose stations and maritime arsenals, and seeking to increase the trade exchange volume and remove non-tariff barriers, establishing joint tourism programs and training tourism cadres through the joint training programs, in addition to exchanging experiences and training in the technology and communications fields, besides reviewing the experiences of Free zones in the Red Sea bordering States, and expertise exchange on legal frameworks related to improving the investment climate.