Sajjad Karim appointed to EU-Egypt Task Force
Brussels: Sajjad Karim MEP has taken up his role as the European Conservatives representative on the high level task force headed by Commissioner for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton.
The EU-Egypt Task Force will meet in Cairo next week for a series of landmark meetings with the Egyptian President, Mohamed Morsi, and the Egyptian Prime Minister, Dr Hisham Kandil, to discuss political and economic issues affecting the country after the ‘Arab Spring’.
Sajjad, a member of the delegation for relations with Mashreq countries, was invited to Egypt earlier this year to meet Egypt’s then Presidential candidates and monitor the election process taking place. Today he said:
\”The Arab spring has come and gone and a new struggle in Egypt is emerging. The country is keen to shift the focus from revolution to evolution and put itself on the path to economic and democratic prosperity.
\”When I visited Egypt earlier this year and met with the Presidential candidates, there was a lot of hope and promise. Now President Morsi needs to deliver on the promise of being a president for all Egyptians.\”
The Task Force is established to create a strong political and economic partnership between the EU and Egypt. The EU will support the growth of jobs, investment and social development for the Egyptian people.
The EU is keen for Egypt to be a role model of democracy in the Arab region. The region has seen much political instability and strife in recent times, most notably in Syria.
Sajjad, who has been vocal in his criticism of the Syrian President and has hosted an event in the European Parliament to unite Syrian opposition groups, has welcomed Lady Ashton’s initiative to establish the Task Force. He said:
\”When Mohamed Morsi was elected as the Egyptian President, High Representative Ashton promised she would be one of the first to engage with the new President and his executive, and I am pleased to see she has kept her word.
\”The Task Force will be an important and historic vehicle to impart democratic, economic and technological know-how to the Egyptian people. I am confident that it will be the first step towards a flourishing partnership.\”
The EU-Egypt Task Force will be in Cairo from 13th November to 15th November and is led by High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton.
The Task Force will include Foreign Ministers, EU Commissioners, Parliamentary and business leaders, European Financial institutions’ senior officials, and with representatives from civil society.