Egypt steps up support for campaign against terror, crime groups in Sahel region

 

August 25, 2021

 

  • Shoukry signs bilateral agreement with his Sierra Leonean counterpart in Cairo on Tuesday
  • Sahel region in central Africa is facing one of the fastest growing displacement crises in the world


Burkinabe Mamouna Ouedraogo, 37, and family are among some 2.7 million people displaced from their homes in the central Sahel countries of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger by roving crime gangs. (UNHCR photo/Anne Mimault)

 

By Mohammed Abu Zaid | Arab News

 

CAIRO – Egypt wants to intensify bilateral and regional efforts to combat terrorist organizations and organized crime groups in the Sahel region in central Africa, with a focus on reconstruction and development in the post-armed conflict stage.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry made the announcement during a meeting with his Sierra Leonean counterpart David Francis in Cairo on Tuesday, according to the Middle East News Agency.

The central Sahel region, which includes Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, is facing one of the fastest growing displacement crises in the world — yet one of the most forgotten. More than 2.7 million people have been forced to flee their homes and at least 13.4 million are in dire need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Ahmed Hafez, the spokesman for Egypt’s Foreign Ministry, said the two ministers share a desire to enhance trade and improve political relations between the two countries.

Both ministers signed a bilateral agreement on cooperation in the field of political consultation. They also partnered on two memorandums of understanding to enhance cooperation in the fields of culture and youth. Their aim is to facilitate communication between officials from the two countries while promoting cultural dialogue.

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