Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, affirmed that Egypt currently hosts nearly 5 million refugees of different nationalities.
During a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Wednesday in Berlin, Shoukry said Egypt is extremely keen to boost relations with Germany, especially on the economic and political levels.
Earlier, Shoukry met with German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, where both top officials discussed illegal immigration.
Official Spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Ahmed Abu Zeid, said that both ministers had long talks on combating illegal immigration strategies. “Both ministers agreed they need to reach new mechanisms to eliminate illegal immigration by uprooting its economic and social causes and by dealing with the crises from a comprehensive perspective,” Abu Zeid stated.
Abu Zeid affirmed in his statements that Seehofer expressed his admiration of the efforts exerted by the Egyptian government to control the illegal immigration phenomenon.
Shoukry embarked on a European tour Tuesday morning. The tour is set to include visiting Germany and Austria.
According to a statement issued on Monday, Abu Zeid said that this tour aims to boost relations between Egypt and its European partners, and to enhance coordination with the German and Austrian governments, especially in light of Austria’s periodic presidency of the European Union.
Abu Zeid added in his statement that Shoukry’s visit to Germany will last for two days as he is going to meet with several officials from the government and Parliament.
Discussing the developments of Egyptian-German relations will be among Shoukry’s priorities during his meetings; the foreign minister will focus on ways to enhance economic cooperation as well as mutual investment and trade exchange.
Abu Zeid explained that the great progress in the Egyptian-German relations comes as a result of the mutual understanding between the two countries’ leaders, especially with the German side realizing the importance of coordinating and consulting with Egypt regarding the Middle East constant developments.
As for Austria’s visit, Abu Zeid pointed out that Shoukry is expected to meet with Minister Karin Kneissl. Several issues are expected to be discussed during Shoukry’s meetings in Vienna, including boosting the political, cultural and economic relations between the two countries.