Egypt to chair UNSC Counter-Terrorism Committee
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid. YOUM7 (archive)

CAIRO: Egypt was chosen Friday to head the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) of the United Nations Security Council, stated Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid Saturday.

Egypt also was elected to chair the UNSC committee Resolution 1373 of concerning imposing sanction on Iraq and the committee of Resolution 1518 of imposing sanction on Democratic Republic of Congo, he added.

“The choice of Egypt for the presidency of those three committees have significant indications, and reflects the confidence of Security Council members, particularly the permanent members, in Egypt’s ability to take charge of these important committees management,” he continued in the statement.

The CTC was founded by the Security Council on Sept. 28, 2011 following 9/11 incident; it compromise of 15 members.

The Committee “requested countries to implement a number of measures intended to enhance their legal and institutional ability to counter terrorist activities at home, in their regions and around the world,” according to the committee official website.

On Oct. 15, Egypt was officially elected to occupy the UNCS non-permanent seat of North Africa for 2016-2017, garnering 179 out of 193 votes of the UNGA member states; it was the only candidate in its regional block.

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