CAIRO: Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy urged Saturday to develop a new Egyptian diplomatic message as the current internationally situation differs from the past, according to a release on Fahmy’s official Facebook page.
Today, March 15, Egypt celebrates “Diplomacy Day,” marking the day that Egypt established its first Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1922, following the declaration of Egypt’s independence from Britain.
In a symposium titled “The role of Egyptian diplomacy in serving national interests in peace and war times,” Fahmy said the interest of Egypt in African countries should be renewed, as this interest is currently still tied in the framework of late President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s efforts to achieve independence for the African countries.
“This means that over time we had not focused on the issues of their real interest like development,” Fahmy said.
In a Friday release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its official Facebook page, the ministry said that Saturday’s celebration would include a new tradition to honor old diplomatic media practitioners and editors.
Saturday’s celebrations come as an “embodiment of the cohesion and the integration between diplomacy and the media, and a pride of the role of Egyptian journalism in working on achieving Egypt’s national interests and people’s aspirations in freedom and dignity,” read the release.
A number of former foreign ministers, ambassadors and diplomats are participating in the celebration, in addition several retired ambassadors are honored for their diplomatic efforts for their nation.