Shoukry: Egypt underlines importance of resolving conflicts peacefully
Monday، 11 September 2017 - 01:33 PM
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry underlined on Monday 11/9/2017 the importance of resolving conflicts peacefully, reiterating that solutions should come from inside the countries witnessing conflicts and not from outside.
Addressing the 23rd annual conference of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centers (IAPTC), the minister welcomed the participants and asserted that Egypt would continue its efforts to contribute to peacekeeping missions.
He also underlined the growing role of Egypt in the peacekeeping mission worldwide, noting that Egypt comes at the seventh place among world countries which contribute to the peacekeeping missions.
Shoukry also said Egypt had participated in 27 missions and trained as many as 11,000 personnel, including 7,000 peacekeepers.
Egypt also launched programs for combating terrorism and human trafficking, he said.
The Egyptian top diplomat also asserted the importance of exchanging expertise and cooperation among parties participating in the peacekeeping missions.
The conference is attended by 300 high-ranking international officials from 55 states, regional and international organizations and major training and research centers operating in the field of peacekeeping.
The conference is the biggest annual event of IAPTC and it is the first time to convene in a Middle Eastern country.
Cairo hosted the conference to reflect its keenness on maintaining its important role in the peacekeeping missions.
Egypt is the third biggest contributor with military experts to the peacekeeping missions and ranks fifth among participants with police troops.
Cairo also ranked seventh in the list of countries deploying military troops to conflict areas.
The conference is organized by the ministries of defense, foreign affairs and interior in cooperation with the ministries of tourism, culture and civil aviation.
An exhibition on peacekeeping missions will be held on the fringe of the conference.