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Friday, September 28, 2018

FM: Ancient Civilizations Forum plays pivotal role in countering terrorism - Egypt Today

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/2/58238/FM-Ancient-Civilizations-Forum-plays-pivotal-role-in-countering-terrorism
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry participates in a ministerial meeting of the Forum, held in New York
on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly- Press photo
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry participates in a ministerial meeting of the Forum, held in New York
on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly- Press photo


FM: Ancient Civilizations Forum plays pivotal role in countering terrorism

By: MENA <http://www.egypttoday.com/Editor/72>
Fri, Sep. 28, 2018

CAIRO - 28 September 2018- Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry stressed the need to mobilize efforts to
fight against illicit trafficking in cultural property and seek ways to retrieve stolen antiquities
by establishing a mechanism for coordination among member states of the Ancient Civilizations Forum
and international and regional organizations concerned.

This came during his participation in a ministerial meeting of the Forum, held in New York on the
sidelines of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, and bringing together member
countries including Egypt, Italy, India, Bolivia, Iraq, Iran, Mexico and Peru, plus China, Greece
and Armenia, which joined the Forum this year.

The Forum is an important platform that reflects the importance of the role played by countries of
ancient civilizations in preserving the cultural and humanitarian heritage, providing a model for
peaceful coexistence and extending bridges of communication and understanding among peoples of
different cultures, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said. It also shows their role in
reviving the lofty values of civilization and human history in our contemporary world, which is
plagued by conflicts and extremism and ignorance and non-acceptance of the other, he added.

He said that the foreign minister stressed in his address to the gathering the pivotal role played
by the Forum in countering terrorism.

The minister also, according to the spokesman, praised the achievements made during the previous
ministerial meetings, the one in Athens last year and the other hosted by La Paz in July, pointing
out that both meetings served the objectives of the Forum by giving a strong impetus to regional and
international efforts to counter the threats of terrorism and extremism and promote the principles
of peace and moderation, a thing which contributes to enhancing international security, stability
and prosperity.

He added that Shoukry warned during the meeting against using the media and cultural platforms to
promote terrorist ideologies and spread twisted ideas about religion and civilization.

He invited his participating counterparts to attend the inauguration of the Grand Egyptian Museum
(GEM) at the end of this year.

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