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CAIRO, Sept 15, 2018 (MENA) - The United Nations General Assembly adopted an Egyptian resolution on sexual abuse and exploitation during the UN peace-keeping missions, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

In a statement, the ministry said the resolution themed "Sexual abuse and exploitation: implementing zero-tolerance policy" aims to prevent all kinds of sexual exploitation throughout the United Nations system, including the agencies, funds and programs.

The resolution urges the UN secretary-general to present reports on measures and progress achieved in that matter, the statement added.

Meantime, Egypt's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Mohamed Idris delivered a speech before the General Assembly on the occasion of adoption of the resolution saying that Egypt is committed to supporting the efforts exerted by the secretary-general to implement zero tolerance policy towards sexual abuse cases.

Listing the issue on the General Assembly agenda opens the door for the member states' visions, Idris added.

He pointed out that President Abdel Fattah El Sisi's joining the Circle of Leadership initiative in 2017 and his participation in a high-level meeting on preventing sexual abuse prove Egypt's interest in combating such crimes.

The ambassador highlighted the pioneering role played by Egypt in peace-keeping missions over decades as it is considered one of the largest contributors to the UN peace-keeping forces.

The Egyptian government had received a certificate of recognition for its efforts in implementing the zero-tolerance policy, he further said.

CAIRO, Sept 14, 2018 (MENA) - The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has appealed to citizens who want to work abroad not to deal with unlicensed labor offices which claim they have "free visas" and to only deal with the offices of the Ministry of Manpower.

The appeal came in the aftermath of the growing fraud operations against the Egyptians who seek jobs abroad.

The foreign ministry said that illegal visas cause the deportation of the Egyptians due to the illegal stay and also causes financial losses.

Egyptian FM arrives in Berlin

BERLIN, July 3, 2018 (MENA) - Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry arrived in Berlin on Tuesday on the first leg of a European tour, including Germany and Austria.

During the two-day visit, Shoukry is scheduled to convene with a large number of German officials for talks on means of enhancing bilateral cooperation in various domains, especially economic and investment sectors.

During his Austrian visit Shoukry is expected to meet with Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and his Austrian counterpart Karin Kneissl.

CAIRO, June 20, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt said on Wednesday that the international community must share the burdens of hosting refugees within the framework of joint responsibility.

On his Twitter account, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid renewed Egypt's legal and ethical responsibility towards refugees living on its territories.

Despite economic burdens, Egypt is keen to merge refugees into society, he said.

Abu Zeid's remarks come on the occasion of the World Refugees Day. 

The World Refugee Day is observed on June 20 every year to draw attention to the plight of displaced people around the globe.

Now, there are 68.5 million displaced persons in the world according to the UN refugee agency.

CAIRO, June 19, 2018 (MENA) - The Foreign Ministry has urged Egyptians to beware of fake work contracts after repeated cases involving expats.

Unfortunately, some travel agents in Egypt fail to honour their commitment to secure jobs for Egyptians abroad or even cover their living expenses, forcing them to seek help elsewhere or return home, said Assistant Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs Khaled Rizq Tuesday.

Some Egyptians, Rizq added, choose to overstay their visas in search for jobs, thus violating law, Rizq added.

CAIRO, April 4 (MENA) - Egypt voiced on Wednesday its deepest condolences to the Mauritanian people and government after a terrorist attack which targeted peacekeeping forces in Central Africa and left one Mauritanian peacekeeper dead and 11 others wounded.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry, in a released statement said that Egypt is siding with Mauritania in this ordeal.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid voiced Egypt's appreciation for the sacrifices of the UN peacekeeping mission in Central Africa for fighting terrorism. 

Militia fighters attacked a UN peacekeeping base in the Central African Republic early Tuesday, and one peacekeeper from Mauritania was killed and 11 others were injured in a gun battle that lasted several hours, the United Nations had said. 

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