Helping Egypt on the road to reform

The German Egyptian Steering Committee is meeting in Berlin under the chairmanship of the two Foreign Ministers. It provides a forum for structured dialogue between the two Governments in which the focus is on helping Egypt on the road to reform and extending bilateral relations. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle also had talks with his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Kamel Amr about the situation in Egypt and the region.

Egypt is a key country in the region, as Foreign Minister Westerwelle emphasized after his talks with Minister Kamel Amr. He went on to say that Germany wants to help support Egypt’s development to increase prosperity and democracy. Westerwelle paid tribute to the good German Egyptian relations. He expressed his hope that the new Egypt would continue along the path towards solutions based on consensus, towards the rule of law, democracy and the participation of all population groups.

For his part, Kamel Amr thanked Germany – both Westerwelle and the Government, as well as the German people – for the support since the revolution in January 2011. The Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is to visit Germany on 30 January 2013, making Germany one of the first European countries he visits. Kamel Amr pointed out that there were many possibilities for the future for German Egyptian relations which have already spanned a century.

Transformation partnership

The meeting of the German‑Egyptian Steering Committee

The meeting of the German‑Egyptian Steering Committee
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The meeting of the German‑Egyptian Steering Committee

The meeting of the German Egyptian Steering Committee

The meeting of the German‑Egyptian Steering Committee

Germany is supporting Egypt on its path to democracy and an economic upturn as part of the transformation partnership launched in August 2011. Since then, Germany has been supporting, for example, projects to get young people into jobs and projects to enhance democracy and strengthen civil society in Egypt. In a Joint Declaration of the Steering Committee, the two sides agreed to continue implementing the transformation partnership and to further develop bilateral relations right across the board. There are a wide range of cooperation areas, including the economy, legal issues, culture and development cooperation.

Joint Declaration of the German Egyptian Steering Committee, 29 November 2012 (PDF, 56 KB)

In August 2011, Egypt and Germany agreed on what is known as the transformation partnership in the Berlin Declaration. Alongside the Federal Foreign Office, the Steering Committee meeting in Berlin on 29 November was also attended by representatives from the Federal Chancellery, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection. On the Egyptian side there were representatives inter alia from the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of International Cooperation and the Ministry of Health.

More on the transformation partnership with Egypt

Joint efforts to resolve the Middle East conflict

The talks between the two Foreign Ministers focused on efforts to reach a durable truce between Israel and the Gaza Strip and on the Middle East peace process as a whole. Westerwelle paid tribute to Egypt for its active peace diplomacy in recent weeks – in particular for successfully mediating a cease fire between Israel and the Gaza Strip. This was a role and a responsibility which Egypt had executed tremendously, not least due to the decisive contribution made by the Egyptian Foreign Minister together with the Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. As the Minister underscored, what was needed now was a durable truce.

Last updated 29.11.2012

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