Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel met his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin on Sunday (27 August). Their talks focused on bilateral cooperation and regional issues. During the meeting, Germany and Egypt signed an Agreement on Bilateral Dialogue on Migration.
An important step – the Agreement on Bilateral Dialogue on Migration
With the aim of intensifying cooperation on migration issues, Germany and Egypt signed an Agreement on Bilateral Dialogue on Migration on Sunday (27 August). Foreign Minister Gabriel underlined that the two countries wanted to work together to tackle the reasons why people migrate to Europe and stressed the importance of investing in professional training for young people. The Agreement thus includes both closer economic cooperation, as well as support for the Egyptian education sector and additional scholarships for young Egyptians to study in Germany.
Gabriel said that another question also needed to be addressed: “How can we ensure that people who are in Germany and are not able to stay here can return to Egypt promptly and in an orderly fashion?” Better cooperation on repatriation and a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of illegal migration are also included in the Agreement. Foreign Minister Shoukry said this new cooperation with Germany on migration issues was an “important milestone in our relations”.
Giving young Egyptians prospects for the future
Speaking at the joint press conference, Foreign Minister Gabriel also stressed the “long tradition of good relations between Germany and Egypt”. The two countries enjoyed friendly ties and in-depth exchange, he said.
Gabriel pointed out that Egypt’s stability was also very much in the interest of Europe and the world. This involved the fight against terror, but also a further great challenge, namely that of providing young Egyptians with business opportunities and prospects for the future. Germany wanted to help ensure that young people in Egypt face a better future.
“First rate” – close cooperation in the education sector
During the joint press conference, Foreign Minister Gabriel also pointed out that there were more German schools in Egypt than in any other country in the world. It was a cause for pride that Egypt had so much faith in Germany as regards educating young people. Exchange between universities in the two countries was also “first rate”, he said.