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"The current government is a transitional one bearing historical responsibility in a stage deemed to be the most delicate in the modern history of Egypt," the interim Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy declared while introducing his country's foreign policy priorities during the "transitional phase" which came after pro-Muslim Brotherhood (MB) President Mohamed Morsi was ousted on July 3.
In this context, Mr. Fahmy outlined, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will strive to achieve three main objectives, termed "pivots": 1) protecting and supporting the revolution, communicating its true image to the external world, and adopting its principles, 2) working on restoring Egypt's position on the Arab, African and Mediterranean levels and revitalizing its regional and international roles, and 3) laying the right foundations of the Egyptian future foreign policy.
As a result, Mr. Fahmy also announced plans to re-structure the Ministry, focusing on encouraging the hiring of younger diplomats, accelerating the transfer and implementation of new technologies, and providing better legal protection for Egyptians abroad, particularly in Saudi Arabia.
On Syria, Egypt will bring "complete support" to "the claims of the Syrian people to obtain its legitimate rights within the framework of real democracy." Egypt will however emphasize "the necessity of reaching political solution safeguarding Syria and maintaining its unity and sovereignty."
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