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The European Union ambassador to Cairo praises Egypt’s important role in delivering aid to Gaza

By Manal Abdel Fattah

The European Union Ambassador to Egypt, Ambassador Christian Berger, praised the strategic partnership linking the two sides in all fields, appreciating the important role played by Cairo.

To facilitate the implementation of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip.

During his speech at the annual breakfast ceremony, which he held on Wednesday evening, to honor Egyptian journalists, the European Union Ambassador stressed the importance of Egypt due to its geographical location in the Middle East and Africa as well as the strategic position it enjoys.

He noted the close strategic partnership that was recently signed in Cairo. To raise relations and cooperation to the level of a strategic and comprehensive partnership between Egypt and the European Union.

He said that the European Union is providing – in support of this partnership – a financial and investment support package to Egypt worth 7.4 billion euros for the period 2024-2027, which includes 600 million in the form of grants, including 200 million for the migration framework.

1.8 billion in additional investments within the framework of the economic and investment plan for the Southern Dialogue, and 5 billion in soft loans.

He added that the strategic partnership document clearly defines specific areas of cooperation, which are: political and strategic relations, cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, investment, energy and water, in addition to human capital development, explaining that work is currently being done with the Egyptian government to implement the document.

He pointed out that the European Union supports the International Investment Conference in Egypt. Which contributes to enhancing trade exchange between Egypt and the Union, enhancing the business environment in a comprehensive manner, and supporting public and private investments.

He also praised the role played by Egyptian journalists in covering areas of cooperation between the two sides.

In response to a question about the strategic partnership between Egypt and the European Union, and the most important projects that will be implemented during the current year, Ambassador Berger said that the Union will continue to work to support investments in Egypt, as 1.8 billion in additional investments have been decided within the framework of the economic and investment plan for the Southern Neighborhood, in addition to projects In the sectors of water, energy, education, development and human capital development.

He referred to the developments taking place in the region in light of the crisis in Gaza and the Red Sea, as well as the situation in Libya. With regard to Gaza, he said that the European Council had called – unanimously a few days ago, at the conclusion of the European Union summit in Brussels a few days ago – for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

The ambassador highlighted the humanitarian aid provided by the European Union to Gaza, which is delivered through the Rafah land crossing, noting the important role that Egypt plays in delivering aid, describing it as “a center and platform” for delivering aid to Gaza.

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