Italy’s PM Giorgia Meloni Hails Country’s Involvement in EU Accord with Egypt

Italy's PM Giorgia Meloni Hails Country's Involvement in EU
In this photo provided by Egypt's presidency media office, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, meets Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni at the Presidential Pal - Copyright © africanews AP/AP

Italy’s PM Giorgia Meloni Hails Country’s Involvement in EU Accord with Egypt

Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni commended her country’s role in what she termed as a “new model of cooperation between Europe and the southern shore of the Mediterranean” during her speech in Cairo. Her remarks came as an aid package deal between the European Union and Egypt was signed, which she hailed as “historic.”

Meloni emphasized that such cooperation is crucial not only for addressing the issue of illegal migration but also for combating human trafficking. She stressed the importance of focusing on development to dissuade African citizens from immigrating to Europe.

The European Union announced a significant aid package of 7.4 billion euros ($8 billion) for Egypt, amidst concerns about economic challenges and conflicts in neighboring regions potentially leading to increased migration towards Europe. This aid, comprising both grants and loans over the next three years, aims to support Egypt’s development.

While the deal has drawn criticism from rights groups due to Egypt’s human rights record, it was signed in Cairo in the presence of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and leaders from several European countries.

The aid package includes substantial macro-financial assistance, with a focus on enhancing cooperation between Egypt and the European Union in various economic and noneconomic sectors. The agreement, known as the Joint Declaration, also aims to promote democracy, fundamental freedoms, human rights, gender equality, and cooperation in addressing challenges related to migration and terrorism.

Part of the assistance will be directed towards fortifying Egypt’s borders, particularly with Libya, to address migration flows. Additionally, support will be provided for hosting Sudanese refugees who have fled conflicts in their country. Egypt has received a significant influx of Sudanese refugees, with over 460,000 arriving since April last year.

The signing of the deal comes amidst concerns about potential migration pressures resulting from the Israel-Hamas conflict, particularly concerning Israel’s possible ground offensive on Gaza’s southern border, which could lead to a large influx of people into Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Egypt already hosts millions of migrants, including registered refugees and asylum-seekers, and the aid package aims to assist in addressing their needs and supporting Egypt’s efforts in managing migration flows.


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