ECFA participation in the Seminar “Egyptian Foreign Affairs: 100 Years Of Diplomacy” by the Kemet Boutros-Ghali Foundation for Peace and Knowledge
On February 28, 2022, the Kemet Boutros-Ghali Foundation for Peace and Knowledge organized a webinar to celebrate the centenary of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under the title “Egyptian Foreign Affairs: 100 Years Of Diplomacy”. It was inaugurated by His Excellency the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sameh Shoukry, and the Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, Mr. Mamdouh Abbas, while it was moderated by Executive Director of the Foundation, Ambassador Laila Bahaa El-Din. A number of ECFA members participated in the event, including Ambassador Dr. Mounir Zahran, ECFA Chairman, Ambassador Hussein Hassouna, member of the United Nations International Law Commission, and Ambassador Hisham El-Zimaity, ECFA Secretary General.
This is in addition to the participation of Mr. Amre Moussa, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ambassador Maged Abdel Fattah, Head of the Arab League Mission to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Wafaa Basim, member of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, Ambassador Dr. Mostafa El-Feki, Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Dr. Abdel Moneim Said, former Chairman of Al-Ahram Foundation and current Chairman of Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper, and Dr. Mohamed Afifi, Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Cairo University and former Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Culture.
The participants reviewed luminous glimpses of the history of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its diplomatic figures over its long and prestigious diplomatic path, seeking to secure its interests at all levels and in all corridors, since the beginning of the 19th century during the era of Muhammad Ali, passing through the period of British protection over Egypt since 1914, until the issuance of the Declaration of February 28, 1922, which granted Egypt independence, and as a result, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs resumed its work on March 15, 1922, making that date a glorious day for Egyptian diplomacy. The participants also addressed the challenges facing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the current period, emphasizing its long experience and distinguished diplomatic tools that enable it to deal with them wisely.