Egypt to head Security Council in May, will promote interests of African countries, Palestine

Saturday 30-04-2016 06:14 PM

Security Council members voting in favour of measures presented by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to prevent and combat sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Egypt is poised to head the UN Security Council’s meetings during the month of May where it will promote issues and interests of African and developing countries as well as the Palestinian cause, a foreign affairs ministry statement released on Saturday read. 

The country will also focus on the Libyan and Syrian crises as well as the situation in Yemen and some disputes in African countries, the statement said.

Egypt’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry will head a Security Council ministerial-level meeting during his visit to New York from 9 to 11 May.

The meeting will be open to all countries and its topic will be combating extremist thought as one of the means to fight terrorism.

Egypt started its two-year Security Council non-permanent membership in January. This is the first Security Council term for Egypt since 1997, but the fifth term in total.

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