Cairo committed to protecting asylum seekers, refugees: Ministry

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Updated 07 October 2020

Cairo committed to protecting asylum seekers, refugees: Ministry

  • The event was attended by ambassadors and representatives of international organizations and civil society

CAIRO: Egypt’s Foreign Ministry affirmed the country’s commitment to protecting and helping asylum seekers and refugees, and the importance of coordination between donors and the government to that end.

The commitment was expressed during an event organized by the ministry to launch a regional response plan to support Syrian refugees residing in Egypt and their host communities, as well as Egypt’s response plan for refugees and asylum seekers from Africa, Iraq and Yemen for the year 2020-2021.

Ihab Fawzi, assistant to Egypt’s foreign minister for multilateral affairs and international security, stressed the importance of equality among refugees, regardless of nationality, in allocating financial support provided by donor countries.

He stressed the need to increase international support for Egypt as it shoulders the burden of hosting so many refugees. 

Richard Dictus, the UN’s resident coordinator in Egypt, urged donor countries to increase their support to alleviate this burden. 

He also stressed the UN’s keenness to coordinate between all agencies in Egypt to ensure access to the most vulnerable refugees and migrants, especially in light of coronavirus.

Karim Atassi, representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, thanked Egypt’s government and people for hosting refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, and said the country has not received international support equivalent to the cost it bears in hosting them.

He praised the government’s efforts to serve refugees and ensure that they have access to basic services.

The event was attended by ambassadors and representatives of international organizations and civil society.


European powers warn Iran over uranium metal plans

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European powers warn Iran over uranium metal plans

  • The production of uranium metal has potentially grave military implications: Britain, France and Germany
  • Iran had signed up to a 15-year ban on "producing or acquiring plutonium or uranium metals or their alloys" under the JCPOA

BERLIN: European powers on Saturday voiced deep concern over Iran's plans to produce uranium metal, warning that Tehran has "no credible civilian use" for the element.
"The production of uranium metal has potentially grave military implications," said the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany in a joint statement.
Iran had signed up to a 15-year ban on "producing or acquiring plutonium or uranium metals or their alloys" under the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) signed in 2015 with world powers.
"We strongly urge Iran to halt this activity, and return to compliance with its JCPoA commitments without further delay if it is serious about preserving the deal," said the ministers.
Their call came after Iran told the UN nuclear watchdog on Wednesday that it was advancing research on uranium metal production, saying it is aimed at providing advanced fuel for a research reactor in Tehran.
The landmark 2015 deal agreed between Iran and the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions has been largely in tatters since President Donald Trump withdrew from it in 2018 and reimposed harsh sanctions.
The Iranian government has signalled a readiness to engage with US President-elect Joe Biden, who takes office on January 20 and who has expressed willingness to return to diplomacy with Tehran.