Egypt has been open to migrants since ancient times and celebrated foreign communities here.
This statement by Minister of Emigration and Expatriate Affairs Soha el-Gendi came during her meeting yesterday with her British counterpart Robert Jenrick to promote co-operation in files of mutual concern.
The minister made a reference to the Egyptian-Greek-Cypriot Roots Revival Initiative to celebrate Greek and Cypriot communities that formerly lived in Egypt in recognition of their human heritage.
President Abdel Fatah El Sisi launched the ‘Roots’ initiative during his visit to Cyprus in November 2017.
During the meeting, the two sides focused on co-operation in start-ups, agricultural investment, clean energy and tourism.
El-Gendi made mention of the historic relations between Egypt and UK, saying that a large Egyptian community resides in England and an important British community is here in Egypt.
The minister noted that she served as the Egypt’s ambassador to Ireland from 2015 to 2019. She was the first Egyptian woman to occupy this post.
El-Gendi highlighted the role of her ministry’s Dialogue Centre for Egyptian Youth Abroad to maintain contact with young expats.
On combating illegal immigration, she underlined the efforts in the context of the presidential initiative Lifeboats to spread awareness of the dangers of illegal immigration in the governorates.
For his part, Jenrick said UK is ready to exchange expertise with Egypt in the fight against illegal immigration field.
He lauded the role of the Egyptian community in England in the service of society.