Egypt Appoints Ambassador to NATO Jens Stoltenberg, NATO:  I welcome very much that Egypt is establishing a mission to NATO and will appoint an ambassador to NATO.

That will strengthen the cooperation, the partnership between NATO and Egypt. I recently met with the Egyptian Foreign Minister, we had a good and constructive meeting. NATO is working with Egypt in different ways, we have for instance deployed our mobile training team to Egypt, we are working with Egypt to increase interoperability and, and of course when I met with the Foreign Minister we also discussed the situation in Libya. And of course Egypt being so close, a key nation, we, I, expressed from the NATO side that we are ready to help build structures, defence institutions in Libya, but we also strongly support a UN led effort to try to find a negotiated political solution. So the political dialogue is an important part of the partnership and the political dialogue will be strengthened by the new Egyptian diplomatic mission to NATO.

Excerpt from press conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the launch of his Annual Report for 2016; March 13, 2017.

From Egypt’s State Information Service:  The Belgian Embassy to Egypt will act as a point of liaison for NATO, said a NATO diplomatic source on Thursday 02/03/2017. 

The move came as part of partnership with Egypt, he added, noting that the Belgian Embassy to Egypt became NATO representative and will act as a point of contact between the Egyptian authorities and NATO.

The source further said that having a point of contact in Egypt will contribute to boosting cooperation with Egypt and increasing activities.

Image: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry meets with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, March 6, 2017 (photo: NATO)