ECCAS-EGYPT: TOWARDS INCREASED COOPERATION IN THE FIELD OF PEACEKEEPING
January 22, 2021
Libreville (Gabonese Rep.), January 21, 2021-Arrived in Gabon barely two months ago, the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Egypt to the Gabonese Republic HE Mr. Seif Kandeel was received this morning at the headquarters of the Economic Community of States of Central Africa (ECCAS) by the President of the Commission of ECCAS, HE Ambassador Gilberto Da Piédade Verissimo.
After exchanges of diplomatic courtesy, the two diplomats addressed the issues of concern to the Central African region, in particular those related to peace and security, a pledge of development of the ECCAS area.
In their sights, the countries where peace is threatened, the case of the Central African Republic with the proliferation of armed groups that scour the towns and villages with the procession of looting of the wealth of this country and thousands of displaced people and other refugees in neighboring countries.
The CAR is not alone, there is also the worrying situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, especially in its eastern part where armed gangs rule the law;
Other situations and not the least, the secessionist tendencies in the English-speaking part of Cameroon which threaten the territorial integrity of the country and the repeated attacks of the Boko Haram nebula against Cameroon and Chad, two member states of ECCAS.
Faced with all these evils which hamper the development of the states concerned as well as their neighbors and the entire region, the President of the ECCAS Commission calls for the support of friendly countries including Egypt.
The message did not fall on deaf ears. The new Egyptian ambassador proposes dynamic action aimed at building capacity in the context of peacekeeping.
HE Mr. Seif Kandeel proposed to his interlocutor the recourse to the international center in Cairo for the settlement of conflicts and the maintenance of peace.
In the very near future, the President of the ECCAS Commission recommends more meetings with certain leaders of these states and in the light of the instructions of the current President of ECCAS, SEM. Denis Sassou Nguesso measures will be taken to eradicate violence and insecurity in Central Africa.
In the same perspective, Ambassador Gilberto Da Piédade Verissimo was invited to go to Cairo to meet with the leaders of the Cairo international center in order to better assess the needs in the context of Egyptian support for peacekeeping efforts in Central Africa. .
The Ambassador of Egypt said his country plays an active role in the field of peace and contributes to United Nations peacekeeping operations and missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Central Africa, Darfur (Sudan) and other countries.