Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, received on Sunday the chief of the German Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Martin Schulz, in the framework of cooperation between Egypt and the foundation.
Ambassador Ahmed Abu Zeid, the official spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry, said that the meeting confirmed the importance Egypt attaches to its relationship with Germany as an important political and economic partner, and welcomed the work of German institutions in Egypt. At the forefront of these institutions is the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, which plays a supporting role in economic and social development efforts, in accordance with the provisions of the Additional Protocol to the cultural agreement regulating its work in Egypt.
Abu Zeid added that Schulz was keen to review the areas of work and interest of the foundation since its inception in 1925, highlighting the great interest he pays to the fields of education and economic and social development, expressing his happiness and appreciation for the minister’s reception of him, reflecting his interest in the work of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Egypt.
He was also keen to listen to the Egyptian vision on the regional situation and current international developments, their effects on developing countries, as well as the effects of climate change in the framework of Egypt’s presidency of the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change (COP27).
Minister Shoukry was keen to confirm the consistency of the vision and principles of the foundation with the visions and principles of the Egyptian state, which is reflected in Egypt’s keenness to facilitate its work and provide all possible assistance to support its participation in advancing the process of economic and social development in Egypt.
The Foreign Minister was also keen to brief Schulz on the Egyptian vision on a number of issues of common concern, on top of which are the repercussions of the Ukrainian-Russian crisis on the economies of developing countries, including Egypt, especially with regard to food and energy security, as well as its impact on the international geostrategic situation.
The Minister congratulated Schulz on the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Egypt and Germany, which confirms the historical and strategic relations between the two countries.