Germany FM says Egypt plays Pivotal Role in the Region
Published 2015-05-04 17:10:17| Amwal Al Ghad English
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Schteinmeier said Egypt is a key partner in guaranteeing stability in the region at a Cairo press conference Monday, the Ahram Arabic news website reported. The German foreign minister is currently in Egypt, where he has met with Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. Speaking about illegal immigration into Europe, especially from the Libyan coastline, the foreign minister said that Egypt urgently needed to protect and monitor its borders, adding that Germany provides technical assistance to Egypt to do so. Schteinmeier also spoke of supporting Egypt's economy, and Egyptian-German maritime cooperation. "We want Sisi's awaited visit to Germany to be based on this," he said. At the press conference, Shoukry said al-Sisi would visit Germany this June. Shoukri said that he and his counterpart discussed "terrorism", security and nuclear weapons in Egypt and the rest of the Middle East. In September and then again in March, German Chancellor Angela Merkel invited al-Sisi to visit Germany.
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