Foreign Ministry: We appreciate Portugal's proposal to resettle Egypt-based refugees
CAIRO, June 22, 2018 (MENA) – Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed appreciation for the role played by some European countries, particularly Portugal, in their responsiveness with regard to Egypt’s efforts in confronting the issue of refugees and immigrants.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid told reporters that Lisbon recently proposed to resettle some 400 Egypt-based refugees in Portugal in 2018 and 2019 in full cooperation and coordination with the national parties concerned in Egypt.
Responding to questions by reporters about the Portuguese proposal, Abu Zeid said the Cairo-Lisbon fruitful cooperation comes within the framework of the current institutional dialogue between Egypt and the European Union on resettling refugees living in Egypt.
In this regard, he said the two sides’ meeting in Cairo in December 2017 included a recommendation that the European countries resettle a number of Egypt-based refugees, given that it is home to hundreds of thousands of them.
As a result of the recommendation, the UK, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands have resettled hundreds of refugees, Abu Zeid said.