Cairo, 4 May 2023 (TDI): The co-chairmanship of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) has been assumed by Egypt and the European Union for a two-year term as of Thursday. The ceremony was witnessed by the Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Cairo.

Sameh Shoukry highlighted the need for strengthening international cooperation frameworks to combat terrorism, which remains a persistent threat even after ISIS’s defeat in Syria and Iraq. He also emphasized Egypt’s success in overcoming terrorist threats through the adoption of a moderate intellectual ideology and the efforts of its armed forces and policemen.

In the next two years, the priorities of the GCTF co-chairmanship will include combating terrorism in Africa by addressing its root causes, building national capacities, enhancing the effectiveness of the counter-terrorism forum, and supporting women’s participation in its activities and initiatives.

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The GCTF was founded in 2011 as a multilateral mechanism that offers a platform for counterterrorism officials to exchange experiences and knowledge of relevant best practices.

Moreover, Egypt is one of the founding states of the 30-member forum and has been co-chairing since 2017, along with the EU, the task force whose mission is the anti-terrorism capacity-building of East African states. Prior to that, Egypt and the United States co-chaired the Criminal Justice and Rule of Law task force from 2011-2017.

The international community is facing significant challenges that exacerbate the causes of terrorism, including the COVID-19 pandemic, political instability, and economic inequality. The GCTF co-chairmanship provides an opportunity for Egypt and the EU to strengthen global cooperation in combating terrorism and addressing its root causes. Egypt’s experience in countering terrorism can also offer valuable insights to other countries in the forum.

Egypt’s assumption of the GCTF co-chairmanship comes at a critical time when the world is facing persistent terrorist threats that require enhanced international cooperation to combat.

The GCTF provides an important platform for sharing experiences and best practices in counterterrorism. Egypt’s co-chairmanship with the EU for the next two years is an opportunity to strengthen this multilateral mechanism and contribute to the global fight against terrorism.

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