Egypt’s Policy on Europe
Monday، 10 September 2012 12:00 AM
Egyptian-European relations are rooted deep in history. Following the July Revolution, Egypt and European countries worked to enhance their ties, despite Egypt's leading role in the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and in supporting liberation movements against imperialism in Africa and Asia.
In 1970s, Egypt was set on boosting ties with European countries.
Egypt and Europe signed a cooperation agreement in 1977 in a bid to boost cooperation between the two sides.
Under former president Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian foreign policy on Europe was based on the following:
I - Gaining Europe's support for the development process in Egypt.
Economic issues have always featured high in talks between Egypt and Europe.
Due to the strong relations between Egypt and Europe, the two sides reached several agreements in 1992 on rescheduling Egyptian debts owed to Paris Club of Creditors.
Under these agreements, the Paris Club cancelled half of Egypt's debts and rescheduled the remaining debts.
II - Pressing European countries to play a more effective role in the Middle East peace process