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The National Academy for Science in the US organizes a conference celebrating the first anniversary of President Obama's speech at the Cairo University  

Source:  Press Office - Minister's Cabinet
Published at:   13/06/2010
13th June 2010.

The National Academy for Science in the US organized a conference entitled "Cairo Anniversary Event: US–Muslim World Science Partnership" celebrating the first anniversary of President Obama's speech at the Cairo University and the resulting development in scientific relations between the US and the Muslim-majority countries. The Conference involved the American President's adviser for National Security James Jones, adviser to the U.S. President for Science John Holdron, the Democratic Representative Rush Holt, the Assistant Secretary of State for International Affairs Maria Otero, the member of the President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST) Harold Varmus, and the envoy of the United States for Sciences, as well as Dr. Zewail and representatives of governmental and federal bodies relevant to Foreign assistance and science affairs.

The Administration officials addressed, during the conference, the key projects, programs and initiatives that were arranged with Islamic States since the Cairo Speech, while the US envoys for science reviewed the outcomes of their visit to Islamic States and their recommendations for the means to improve scientific cooperation with them.

Ambassador Sameh Shoukry the Egyptian Ambassador to the United States of Egypt delivered a speech affirming Egypt's belief in the role of science in promoting human capabilities and providing the necessary infrastructure for the communities' progress. He also displayed the Egyptian visions for improving education and scientific research which are based on the reconstruction of the educational and research institutions in Egypt, investing in the Egyptian human resources, linking the Egyptian research centers with their counterparts abroad, and develop the quality of Education and Scientific research which are the main pillar for ensuring the Egyptian competitive capabilities and for providing the developmental and economic needs of the Egyptian society under an integral partnership with the civil society institutions, the private sector and the international partners. Ambassador Shoukry pointed out that Egypt also works on developing African and Arab capabilities in this regard. Ambassador Shoukry stressed the importance of the current scientific cooperation between Egypt and the US which witnessed remarkable development recently, and welcomed the agreement of marking 2011 the year of science along the lines of the similar agreements held by the Egyptian government since 2006 with a number of western and Asian partners within the context of “the Decade of Science”.

 

 

Hossam Zaki welcomes the announcement of 2011 the Egyptian-American year of science and technology 

Source:  Press Office - Minister's Cabinet
Published at:   21/05/2010
May 21st, 2010.

The Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry welcomed the announcement of 2011 the Egyptian-American year of science and technology within the framework of the Egyptian decade for Science and Technology (2007-2016), announced by President Hosni Mubarak.

The Spokesman added that communication with research institutions in the United States through the exchange of experiences among Egyptian researchers, and their American Counterparts is considered a model for effective and successful partnership between Egypt and the United States and an example of both countries' keenness to develop their bilateral relations in the framework of fruitful cooperation in various fields.

It should be noted that within the framework of the Egyptian Decade for Science and Technology, Egypt has announced years for science and technology with Germany, Japan, Italy and France, during the years 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 respectively. The Egyptian-American year of science and technology aims specifically at strengthening the scientific and technological links between the two countries through the exchange of experiences, the organization of special conferences and workshops, and the formation of specialized research teams to work in specific operational fields, in addition to supporting the scientific culture, informal education, and science education in secondary schools.



Aboul Gheit: Mubarak's visit to Rome comes within the framework of the major positive development witnessed by the Egyptian-European relations on all levels
 
Source: Press Office - Minister's Cabinet
Published at:   17/05/2010  
 
May 17th, 2010.
 
Foreign Minister, Ahmed Aboul Gheit stated that the Egyptian-Italian Summit scheduled to be held on May 19th, 2010, in Rome, will witness the signature of 18 agreements between the two sides. He added that the agreements address a large number of fields on the top of which are energy, health, education, administration development, trilateral cooperation in Africa, developmental cooperation, seasonal emigration, agriculture, family, child and minor rights. Aboul Gheit outlined that the variety of the fields covered by the agreements reflect the strength of the relation between the two countries. Aboul Gheit underlined that Italy ranks the first, in Europe, regarding the commercial exchange with Egypt; also more than one million Italian tourists visit Egypt annually. Noteworthy, that the relation between Egypt and Italy extends and continues from ancient history.
Aboul Gheit highlighted that the consultations between the Egyptian and Italian Presidents will address efforts of achieving peace in the region, and coordination between the two states in order to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian People. The consultations will also tackle other dossiers present on the regional arena, including the issues of Sudan and Iraq, in addition to multilateral issues, on the top of which is the ongoing negotiations process within the framework of the 2010 NPT Review Conference in New York.
 
 
Aboul Gheit mentioned that the two Presidents will also discuss economic and political dossiers including the global economic crisis, and its effects on Europe and the region, as well as the issues of climate change, in addition to multilateral issues currently presented to the United Nations


Aboul Gheit meets with UN Secretary General special representative and head of the UN mission in Southern Sudan
 
Source: Press Office - Minister's Cabinet
Published at:   17/05/2010
 
17 May 2010.
 
The Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry stated that Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit received on 17 May Mr. Haile Menkerios, UN Secretary General special representative and head of the UN mission in Southern Sudan. The meeting addressed the situation in southern Sudan, the relations between the north and the south, and the preparations for the referendum on the right of self-determination scheduled to be held in January 2011.
The Spokesman outlined that the meeting is convened within the framework of the consultations on the mandate of the UN mission in South Sudan, in light of the adoption of the Security Council resolution to extend its mandate until mid 2011. The Foreign Minister asserted the necessity for the mission to respect its mandate and the tasks given to it.
The Spokesman added that the Foreign Minister presented the Egyptian vision on the actions to be taken during the upcoming phase until the referendum is held in Southern Sudan. The Foreign Minister outlined the importance of consolidating the international efforts to help the two partners in the Sudanese government to present a number of incentives to make the choice of unity an appealing one.
 

Aboul-Gheit receives Stephen Vannakir Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium

Source: Press Office - Minister's Cabinet
Published at:   16/05/2010
 
Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit met with Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium Mr. Stephen Vannakir, on May 16, who is visiting Cairo at the invitation of the Foreign Minister.
 The Official Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry stated that Aboul Gheit was keen to update his Belgian Counterpart on the latest developments in the Middle East and Egypt's efforts to move the Israeli-Palestinian peace. Mr. Vannakir praised the Egyptian role in achieving stability in the Middle East, pointing out to Egypt's weight regionally and internationally, and its extensive experience that enable it to play a key role in this regard.
 The Spokesman pointed out that the two Ministers exchanged views on a number of topics and regional issues of mutual interest as the developments in southern Sudan, Darfur and the Nile Basin countries in light of Belgium upcoming presidency of the European Union, and Egypt's co-presidency of the initiative of the Union for the Mediterranean. Both sides also agreed upon the importance of adopting further steps to improve bilateral relations between Egypt and the European Union, and give greater opportunities to take advantage of the program of the European Union with regard to development projects.
The Spokesman said that the two ministers' consultations had addressed ways to boost bilateral relations between Egypt and Belgium at all levels, especially with respect to strengthening cooperation in the economic sphere, which witnessed a clear leap in the volume of trade between the two countries in 2008 amounted to 1.3 billion Euros, in addition to the huge Belgian investments in Egypt, which amounted to about 1.116 billion dollars, wherein Belgium ranked eighth among the EU countries investing in Egypt through the domestic investment system, and the fifth largest using the free zone system.
The consultations between the two Presidents will also address the current efforts to prepare for the Barcelona Summit (Union for the Mediterranean), which is co-presided by President Mubarak on behalf of the south states. The consultations is expected to discuss steps carried out lately within this framework, on the top of which is launching the work of the Initiative secretariat, and discussing the importance of implementing projects related to the Initiative aiming at achieving the welfare of the Mediterranean Peoples.
Aboul Gheit pointed out that Mubarak's visit to Rome comes within the framework of the major positive development witnessed by the Egyptian-European relations on both the multilateral and bilateral levels. In this regard, Aboul Gheit referred to the Egyptian Partnership Meeting with the European Union held on April 27th, 2010, in Luxembourg, which addressed the issue of promoting and enhancing relations between Egypt and the European Union, which reflects the qualitative move witnessed by the Egyptian-European relations during the current phase.


Source: Press Office - Minister's Cabinet
Published at: 15/05/2010
 
May 14th, 2010.
 
Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry stated that the signing of a water cooperation agreement among some countries at the source of the Nile Basin does not exempt such states from its commitments under the rules of international and customary laws, and the current practices, as well as the existing agreements, which enjoy sanctity as being border agreements that cannot be disregarded.
He added that such agreement is not binding on Egypt in any way from the legal standpoint, and it threatens and may lead to the failure of the Nile Basin Initiative.
The Spokesman pointed out that Egypt would not accede to or sign any agreement that violates its share of the Nile waters and its historical rights. He highlighted that Egypt's joining any agreement depends on the adoption of what maintains Egypt's current usages and rights within the text of any agreement.
He added that signing this agreement does not represent a threat to Egypt's share, especially that this new agreement is similar to the current coordination mechanism under the auspices of the East African Community (EAC). The Spokesman mentioned that what concerns Egypt from the practical side, is the establishment of any water projects that could negatively affect its water share, which is an issue governed by the rules of the international and customary laws.
The Spokesman outlined that there are international rules that govern offering funds to any projects established on shared rivers and such rules stipulate the principle of not causing harm to the downstream states. In this regard, he pointed out that the World Bank rules, for example, emphasize the importance of consultations with the downstream states before implementing any water projects in the shared rivers states, and also affirm the principle of not causing harm to the downstream states, and such rules were abided by the Bank throughout its history.
In this context, the Spokesman underscored that Egypt exerts intensive efforts with the relevant states and parties to affirm its commitment to the international law, and with the donors' states, as well as the Nile Basin states, to illustrate the bases of the Egyptian legal position and the water situation in Egypt compared to the Nile Basin states. The Nile Basin states enjoy abundance in water resources, to the extent that the Nile waters do not represent to them more than 3% of its water resources, unlike the case to Egypt, which depends on the river water by 96%.
The Spokesman underlined that Egypt will always be ready to respond to any steps that contribute in supporting the cooperation spirit, and reach a compromise that would achieve the interests of all Basin states.