By Nawal Sayed
CAIRO, Feb. 12 (SEE) – President Abdel Fattah El Sisi will take part in Munich Security Conference (MSC), scheduled for Feb. 15-17 in Germany, where world leaders will discuss future of arms’ control and cooperation in defense policies.
This visit will mark the seventh since Sisi took up office in 2014.
President of Egyptian Family House in Germany Alaa Thabet welcomes Sisi’s visit, stressing that Egypt’s participation in MSC 2019 reflects the state’s influential role world widely.
“Also this confirms deep relations between both countries especially amist Egypt’s chairmanship of the African Union,” noted Thabet.
According to the host’s website, US Vice President Mike Pence and acting secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan have confirmed their participation in MSC 2019, as part of the largest US delegation to ever attend the conference.
The other confirmed participants include EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg , Executive Director of International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, and acting president of World Bank, Kristalina Georgieva.
Among the numerous other heads of state and heads of government that have announced their attendance are Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Member of the 19th Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party, Yang Jiechi, as well as the Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroschenko, the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina Wajed, and the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
All told, more than 35 heads of government and heads of state, as well as 50 foreign and 30 defense Ministers are expected to be present.
Over the course of the past five decades, the MSC has developed into the world’s leading forum for the debate of international security policy. Each February, it brings together more than 450 senior decision-makers and thought-leaders from around the world to engage in an intensive debate on current and future challenges.
Repeatedly rated as “Best Think Tank Conference” in the world, the MSC provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to discuss policy at the highest level in a protected and informal space.
In addition to its annual flagship conference, the MSC regularly convenes high-profile events on particular topics and regions and publishes the Munich Security Report.