Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry discussed on Tuesday Egyptian efforts to develop the country’s health sector during a meeting with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom in Geneva.
During the meeting, Shoukry reviewed the Egyptian experience in fighting hepatitis C and the latest developments of the health sector in Egypt. He also expressed Egypt’s support to the international organisation and Adhanom’s view for developing the WHO’s work tools, as well as implementing the conclusions that were approved by the executive council of the organisation for the upcoming four years, according to a statement from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abou Zaid. Shoukry briefed Adhanom on the government’s efforts in developing the health sector, particularly the new extensive medical insurance system.
Adhanom praised the Egyptian experience in fighting hepatitis C, which resulted in treating more than 2 million patients, according to the statement.
Abou Zaid added that the meeting included discussions on boosting cooperation between Egypt and the WHO, particularly in achieving extensive medical care as the core of sustainable development objectives.
Furthermore, Shoukry discussed updates of negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) with Francois Munger, director of the Geneva Water Hub.
During the meeting, Shoukry briefed Munger on the latest updates and challenges on the GERD issue between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia and expressed Egypt’s keenness on benefiting from the technical support offered by the Geneva Water Hub in the field of cooperation between countries that share international rivers.
On Sunday, Shoukry headed to Brussels to take part in the meeting of foreign ministers of the six-partite Arab committee on Jerusalem with European Union (EU) foreign ministers on Monday. He then left to Vienna, Austria to give Egypt’s speech before the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and the United Nations Disarmament Commission.