Foreign minister to “empower youth” in revamp

Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said on Saturday he plans to empower young people in Egypt through the government, part of a wholesale restructuring programme at the ministry.

Fahmy said the ministry would focus on maintaining the Egyptian revolution and presenting its image abroad. 

Egypt would regain its position in the Arab world and renew relations with countries across the world, he added. The Foreign Ministry would work to restore Egypt's diplomatic role among Arab, African and Mediterranean countries, particularly in issues involving national security.

"We can not in a few months get everything done, or achieve all the desired goals," the incumbent foreign minister stressed. "But our responsibility is not to neglect any subject, and deal with the challenges of the present and the future."

Fahmy thanked former Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr, at the beginning of a Saturday press conference, for his efforts to develop the Egyptian foreign policy.

"The Cabinet bears a historical responsibility at a very sensitive stage of Egypt's modern history," he said.

"Our premier task is to meet the goals and aspirations of the 25 January revolution and demonstrations of 30 June."

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm