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The workshop will run until Wednesday at the Police Academy with the participation of senior security officials from 27 countries.
The three-day event reflects Egypt’s pivotal role in the field of combating terrorism on the international and regional arenas and its keenness to maintain peace and security as a main pillar for stability and economic development, a statement by the ministry said.
The countries participating include Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Somalia, Djibouti, Nigeria, Cameroon, Benin, the Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Germany, Belgium, and the US.
Additionally, experts from six international and regional organisations will take part in the event, including Interpol, the EU, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, UN Counter-Terrorism Office, and secretaries of G5 Sahel countries.
The workshop will discuss the latest developments pertaining to terrorist activities in the regional and international arenas in addition to terrorist threats, with a focus on emerging terrorist phenomena and the best means for confronting them.
It will also witness an exchange of information and expertise on the latest strategies to face terrorist activities and deter the movement of terrorist groups, the statement pointed out.
Egypt and the EU have been selected to co-chair the Coordinating Committee of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) for two years, succeeding Canada and Morocco.
For Egypt, its chairing duties will start in March 2023 and end in March 2025, while the EU will assume office in September this year until September 2024.
Egypt is a founding member of the 30-member GCTF that was established in 2011. Its mission is to reduce the vulnerability of people worldwide to terrorism by mobilising expertise and resources to prevent, combat, and prosecute terrorist acts and counter incitement and recruitment to terrorism.
The forum carries out its mission in coordination with UN agencies and regional and international organisations.
Egypt — during its tenure as a co-chair — intends to build on the special expertise that it enjoys in the field of counter-terrorism in order to advance the implementation of the forum’s 2021-2031 Strategic Vision, a previous Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement read.
The ministry said the new position is a confirmation of the appreciation of the GCTF of the prominent role played by Egypt in countering terrorism on the regional and international levels and its constant efforts to do so.
Egypt will also work on enhancing the effectiveness of the international system to fight terrorism and support the efforts of the member states in implementing the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, the ministry added.
Furthermore, Egypt plans to promote attention to Africa as well as to the needs of developing countries by developing existing coordination with the regional mechanisms concerned with fighting terrorism.
In April, Egypt launched a scientific research project dubbed the ‘Cost of Terrorism’ with a view to tackling the different impacts of the phenomenon, particularly over the past three decades.