15 December 2018 09:07 PM

Sisi urges uprooting causes of illegal immigration

Sunday، 17 December 2017 - 11:44 AM

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi stressed on Saturday 16/12/2017 the importance of adopting a broad strategy to tackle the fundamental causes of illegal immigration.

Sisi’s remarks came during a meeting with European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos. Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Minister of State for Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs Nabila Makram attended, said presidential spokesman Bassam Radi.

Highlighting the reasons behind the problem, Sisi pointed out that handling this crisis would never be by security measures alone, but also through settling the existing crises in the Middle East and African states, boosting the efforts of development in these countries and improving the standards of living for their peoples.

The president said a key role could be played by the EU in these efforts.

Sisi asserted to Avramopoulos Egypt’s interest in boosting cooperation with the EU in various fields, including fighting illegal immigration.

Egypt's efforts on this regard were also highlighted during the meeting, as no bids to cross the Mediterranean Sea were reported from the country’s coasts since 2016, said the spokesman.

The president got the EU official updated with the burdens Egypt is shouldering to host millions of refugees, noting that his country didn’t have refugee camps, but they freely live and enjoy services like all Egyptians.

For his part, Avramopoulos said the EU is aware of Sisi’s role in protecting Egypt from regional turmoil, which saved the whole Middle East and therefore the Mediterranean and European security.

The bloc is keening on enhancing coordination with Egypt due its great regional weight, Avramopoulos said, expressing pleasure for visiting Egypt for the third time.

He praised Egypt's efforts in combating illegal migration, adding that his visit to Cairo aimed at launching cooperation and a partnership between the EU and Cairo in this regard.


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