Cairo– Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry said that the Anti-Terrorism Quartet was maintaining continuous cooperation on the crisis with Qatar, noting that Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE have incurred heavy burdens due to attacks against their civilians, army and police and interference in their internal affairs.
Shoukry made his remarks during the opening of 23rd annual conference of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centers (IAPTC) hosted by Cairo.
“We can not be honest in our work in the framework of international alliances to eradicate terrorism, while there are those who sponsor terrorism and embrace groups and terrorist organizations,” Shoukry said, stressing the continuity of the Arab quartet in fighting terrorism through coordination and adherence to their firm values.
The Egyptian foreign minister inaugurated the conference, which gathered around 300 international officials, representatives of international and regional organizations, and major peacekeeping training and research centers, according to the ministry’s statement.
The Egyptian minister underlined his country’s role as the seventh largest global contributor to peacekeeping forces, noting that the need for more peacekeeping missions has placed a heavy burden on the budget of the United Nations and contributing countries.
He added that Egypt has joined efforts by the UN Security Council and the African Peace and Security Council to crystallizing the various frameworks of peacekeeping operations.