Egypt and Sri Lanka share similar approach on Key global issues

Message from His Excellency Mr. Fawzi Mohammed El Said Gohar, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and Republic of Maldives.

On the occasion of the 59th Anniversary of the peaceful revolution of the Arab Republic of Egypt, I extend my greetings and best wishes to my fellow citizens of Egypt and to the friendly people, the President and Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

Today Egypt celebrates the 59th Anniversary of the peaceful revolution of the July 23rd 1952. The revolution that led the struggle of the people to cope with their interests and aspirations.

The beginning of 2011, on 25th of January witnessed an up-surge of the people of Egypt seeking greater participation of the people in a democratically elected government. Egypt is in the process to turn a new leaf in its democratic path with greater participation of Egyptians. The New Egyptian peaceful revolution of 25th January 2011, now became a model for the people of the Middle East.

During my tenure of office as Ambassador for the past 18 months in Sri Lanka, I have admired the country, the people, their hospitality, generosity friendliness and peace loving nature. On this occasion I recall the cordial relations and fruitful co-operation between our peoples along history. I recall the warm welcome accorded by the people of Ceylon to the Egyptian Leader Orabi Pasha in 1883. Orabi Pasha and his companions did not come to Ceylon as officials or Tourists. They were sentenced to exile by the British occupation forces, for their resistance against the invading British fleet. It is meaningful to recall that Ceylon at that time was under British occupation.

Egypt looks forward to higher and sustainable volume of investment and growth for providing more employment opportunities, more higher quality of education and health care services, cultural exchanges. Tourism promotion and more investment, attracting infrastructures. Egypt is also moving towards a more expanded social solidarity, further efforts to curb poverty and taking measures to curb discrimination against women.

It is important to note that Egypt and Sri Lanka share  a similar approach on Key global issues, such as ensuring a central role the UN and Security Council in International relations, settlement of regional conflicts, fighting poverty and climate changes. As we are excreting our utmost efforts to address domestic issues, we take the lead role in the Arab world to tackle the issues and crisis of our region and pursue our efforts to achieve peace, security and solidarity for the Middle East.

The Fiftieth Annual session of the Asian – African Legal Consultative Organization was held in Colombo in June 2011. His Excellency Counsellor Mohamed Abdel Aziz Ibrahim El-Gendy, Minister of Justice of the Arab Republic of Egypt headed the Egyptian delegation at this conference and signed a memorandum of understanding on Judicial Cooperation between The Ministry of Justice of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Justice of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

Egypt being the Chair of the Non-aligned Movement an invitation has been extended to Hon. Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka by His Excellency, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt to participate at the 50th commemorative event to be held at Ministerial Level in Belgrade, the Republic of Serbia, on the 5th and 6th of September 2011.

Egyptian government continues to provide Egyptian teachers and tutors to teach Arabic and Islam related studies in Sri Lanka. Students from Sri Lanka are being awarded scholarships to study at Al Azhar University in Cairo for Arabic related Studies. Agricultural Scholarship awarded annually to Sri Lankan in the field of Integrated Pest Management, project analysis, vegetable production, agricultural services, cottons production technology, poultry production health, rural development, fish culture development, soil and water management, animal production health etc.

Let me take this opportunity to convey the most heartfelt greetings and my best wishes to His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the government and the people of Sri Lanka for peace, prosperity and stability.

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