CAIRO: The European Union is not backing any particular candidate in Egypt’s upcoming presidential elections, ambassador James Moran, head of the EU delegation to Egypt said Monday, adding that “it is the Egyptian people themselves who must decide and choose their leadership.”
The statement came on Monday when Minister of Environment Laila Iskander inaugurated this year’s Bio Vision Alexandria (BVA), the Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s Seventh International Biennial Conference entitled “New Life Sciences: The Next Decade.” The event is taking place on April 7 to 9, 2014 and is organized by Bibliotheca Alexandrina, in partnership with the World Life Sciences Forum and the EU.
Moran also said, during the opening of BVA, that the EU did not declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. He also said that the EU will send a delegation to follow up on the electoral process in Egypt for the first time, and not to monitor it, after receiving an invitation from Egypt to follow-up.
“We believe that international collaboration in science and innovation will lead to better science, improved application of knowledge for real development, and in general better socio-economic conditions everywhere, and not just in the EU itself,” Moran added.
“The conference focuses on four major issues; health, food, agriculture, and environment,” Minister of Environment Laila Iskander said Monday, during the opening of the conference, adding that group of academics, researchers and members of the Egyptian, Arab and international scientific institutions are participating in the event.
Iskander added that this conference comes as a part of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s role to support the constructive dialogue between the parties concerned with the development of the life sciences in the developing countries as well as boosting the role of scientific research.