FM: Egypt pays special attention to humanitarian affairs in Africa

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Egypt pays special attention to the humanitarian affairs in Africa in light of its presidency of the African Union (AU), slated for February.

Shoukry made the remarks on Tuesday 22/1/2019 during a meeting with Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Elhadj As Sy, who pays his first visit to Egypt, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said in a statement.

Cairo is looking forward to fostering cooperation with the IFRC in the field of humanitarian affairs, Shoukry noted.

The top diplomat stressed the importance of cooperation in the fields of combating diseases and epidemics in Africa, pointing to aid supplies, granted by the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development to African countries.

During the meeting, Shoukry reviewed a number of cooperation initiatives launched with African countries to combat infectious diseases under the patronage of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, the latest of which was the Egyptian initiative to eliminate the Hepatitis C virus in Africa.

He also affirmed the necessity of delivering humanitarian aid to the crisis-hit areas in the Middle East region, briefing the IFRC chief on Egypt’s efforts to ease the humanitarian suffering in a number of Arab countries.

Meanwhile, As Sy thanked Egypt for its role in promoting respect for the international humanitarian law.

He hailed continuous cooperation with the Foreign Ministry through the Egyptian mission in Geneva, expressing hope that the Egypt and IFRC would continue cooperation in all domains.

Source: State Information Service Egypt