The Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping & Peacebuilding (CCCPA) and the Multinational Force & Observers (MFO) met Friday to discuss ways to enhance cooperation in peacekeeping operations in the region.
CCCPA Director-General Ambassador Ahmed Abdel-Latif and MFO Director-General Elizabeth Dibble led the meeting, which was also attended by Bradley Lynch, the MFO’s Director General’s Representative (DGR) in Cairo.
Abdel-Latif highlighted Egypt’s leading role in the field of peacekeeping, as the sixth-largest troop-contributing country in UN peacekeeping operations. He also noted the noticeable increase in the number of Egyptian female peacekeepers in missions.
He provided an overview of the Center’s various activities and programs, especially in the field of peacekeeping training in cooperation with all relevant national institutions.
He noted the close collaboration with the United Nations (UN), the Arab League, and the African Union (AU), in light of CCCPA’s role as an AU Center of Excellence, the Chair of the AU Network of Think Tanks for Peace (NeTT4Peace), as well as the Secretariat of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centers (IAPTC) and the Secretariat of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development.
Dibble praised Egypt’s key role in advancing peace and security regionally and internationally and expressed appreciation for Egyptian authorities’ continued support to the MFO. She also commended CCCPA’s diverse activities and stressed her keenness to enhance cooperation with the Center.