German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrived in Egypt Sunday to meet President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.
The three will discuss ways to enhance bilateral cooperation and regional and international issues of mutual concern.
In comments made a day prior to his two-day Cairo visit, Steinmeier said: “Egypt has a fundamental responsibility on the road of stability in the Middle East.”
Steinmeier added that close consultations with Egypt are “indispensible” in the search for solutions for the deep crises in the region, notably in Libya, Syria and Yemen.
The situations in Libya, Syria and Yemen, among other Arab nations, have seen marked deterioration since the Arab uprisings swept the region.
He added that Egypt needs to deal with the “terrorist threats”, and to attend to the social and economic needs of young people.
Since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, Egypt has witnessed a rising insurgency and increase in militant groups targeting security facilities and personnel. The highest frequency of insurgency is seen in Egypt’s North Sinai, followed by Greater Cairo and other governorates.
Steinmeier expressed his wish to “formulate a picture” for the evolution of transition process in Egypt since 2011.
Over the past four years, Egypt has ousted two presidents, reshuffled six governments and continues to have a struggling economy.
Steinmeier is also scheduled to meet Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayeb, as well as representatives from civil society and political parties.