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Readout of the President of the General Assembly’s meeting with H. E. Mr. Nabil Fahmy, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Egypt

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson

United Nations, New York, 28 September 2013

Assembly President Meets Foreign Minister of EgyptThe President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. John W. Ashe, met today with H.E. Mr. Nabil Fahmy, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Egypt. They discussed Egypt’s relationship with the United Nations, and other areas of particular interest to the Egyptian delegation.

Foreign Minister Fahmy underscored the importance Egypt attaches to the role of the United Nations (UN) at the national and international levels. He outlined some of Egypt’s core areas of focus during the sixty-eighth session namely, climate change, development and UN reform. The Foreign Minister elaborated on the question of UN reform, and noted that the objective of this reform is to make the United Nations more efficient and more effective.

The Foreign Minister discussed Egypt’s position on Security Council reform. He underscored that it should be reformed so as to reflect equitable geographical representation and reaffirmed Egypt’s commitment to the Ezulwini Consensus in this regard.

The Foreign Minister recalled the General Assembly’s efforts to establish a Human Rights Council and noted Egypt’s establishment of a Regional Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The Foreign Minster offered Egypt’s full support and cooperation to the President of the General Assembly. President Ashe commended Egypt for its active participation in the work of the General Assembly and for its initiative to establish a Regional Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. He welcomed Egypt’s offer of support and encouraged Egypt’s participation, at the appropriate level, in the high-level events and thematic debates to be held during the sixty-eighth session.

John W. Ashe (left), President of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly, meets with Nabil Fahmy, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt. UN Photo/Evan Schneider