Egypt’s FM chairs UNSC counter-terrorism committee meetings in May
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry - YOUM7

CAIRO: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will head to New York City on May 9 to chair the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC).

“Egypt chairs Security Council meetings starting on 1st of May, 2016 for a month, during which it will seek the interests of African and developing nations, and will shed the light on many challenges facing international peace and security system at the current stage,” said Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid in a statement Saturday evening.

Shoukry’s visit will last for three days during which he will discuss counter-terrorism efforts, Abu Zeid continued, noting that the Foreign Minister will attend the United Nation General Assembly on reforming the UN structures.

The committee meetings will also tackle Palestinian issues and the crises in Syria, Libya, and Yemen, Abu Zeid said.

On Oct. 15, 2015, Egypt was officially elected to occupy UNSC non-permanent seat of North Africa for 2016-2017 term after garnering 179 out of 193 votes of the UNGA member states.  Egypt was chosen to chair three UNSC committees, including the CTC, last December.

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