On Thursday (30 March), an additional protocol to the cultural agreement between Germany and Egypt dating from 1959 was signed at the Federal Federal Foreign Office. The amended agreement provides a new basis in international law and determines the official status of, and working conditions for, the German political foundations in Egypt. This is an important step towards resolving the case of two staff members of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung who were convicted in absentia and handed down prison sentences in 2013.
Agreement on the additional protocol was reached following intensive bilateral negotiations that also involved all German political foundations. Egyptian Ambassador to Germany Badr Abdelatty and Philipp Ackermann, Regional Director for the Near and Middle East and the Maghreb, signed the additional protocol at the Federal Foreign Office. For the new agreement to enter into force, it must first be ratified by the Egyptian parliament.
It will then provide the legal framework for the activities of German political foundations in Egypt. They will receive a special status. Concerning the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung staff members who were convicted in absentia four years ago, the additional protocol is a first step towards finding a solution. The new agreement is therefore also very significant for many German political foundations, because it means they can now prepare to resume their work in Egypt.