Emigration Minister Highlights State’s Efforts to Eliminate Illegal Immigration at Int’l Conference for Ex-pats in Cyprus

by Nada Khaled

Egypt’s Emigration Minister Soha Gendi said Egypt has taken major strides in combating illegal immigration and promoting safe immigration opportunities.

 She shared her remarks earlier today during her meeting with Cypriot Interior Minister Konstantinos Ioannou at the International Conference of Expats inaugurated by Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides.

 Minister Gendi expressed happiness for participating in the event, noting that her participation came under presidential directives to intensify efforts to narrow the gap between people.

The meeting tackled means of promoting positive cooperation to combat illegal immigration and securing safe and positive alternatives to curb this phenomenon.

This falls within the framework of the international dimension of the presidential initiative “Life-Saving Boats” which aims at spreading awareness among youths about the dangers of illegal immigration.

Gendi lauded the continued development of the Egyptian-Cypriot ties, especially in the fields of power linkage and electricity.

She referred to joint security drills as well as intensive talks on various issues of mutual concern.

During the meeting, Gendi also reviewed the role played by the Egyptian-German Center for Jobs, Migration, and Reintegration (EGC) in training youths to give them a chance to find decent jobs abroad.

The minister is scheduled to hold tete-a-tete meetings with Cypriot ministers concerned with the files of immigration, expats, and the presidential initiative “Reviving Roots”.

Meanwhile, the Cypriot minister regarded Gendi’s official visit as very important and represented a new stage of the Egyptian-Cypriot cooperation in the illegal immigration file.

Moreover, he welcomed increasing the number of Egyptian immigrants to Cyprus within the legal and institutional framework. He further highlighted the importance of confronting joint challenges in the issue of illegal immigration.

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