HE the ambassador of Egypt in Lebanon, Mr. Nazih El Naggary, delivered a public lecture entitled “An Egyptian foreign policy aimed at overcoming growing threats in the region and beyond” at AUB (October 4). The event was co-organized by the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS) and the General Education program (GE) as part of FAFS Lecture Series, and took place in the Michel and Sherine Bayoud Lecture Hall at FAFS.
In his presentation, Mr. El Naggary highlighted the notion of peace as the driving force behind Egypt’s foreign policy which is based on three main pillars: 1) Strengthening the role of the preeminent actor on the world stage, namely the nation-state; 2) Commitment to upholding International Law and Multilateralism; and 3) Achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In the first pillar, El Naggary emphasized the importance of strengthening the nation-state and achieving an effective international order by adopting the Palestinian cause as an utmost priority of Egypt’s foreign policy while taking into account the crisis in Syria as well as the predicament in Yemen; crises that require comprehensive political, social and economic rather than military-led solutions. In the second pillar, he discussed the water challenge between Egypt and Ethiopia, highlighting the position of his country in fully supporting Ethiopia’s right to development, without allowing for continued Ethiopian unilateralism in assuming control of a shared resource. In the third pillar, he described Egypt’s commitment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through maintaining inter-generational equity, preventing the root causes of armed conflict and humanitarian crises, and promoting cooperation between international partners in various environmental matters. This would require addressing the financing for development conundrum and striking a balance between economic growth and environmental obligations.
The session was moderated by Dr. Zeinab Mirza, Lecturer in Political Studies and Public Administration at AUB and Political Adviser to the President of the International Affairs Committee at the Lebanese Parliament. An audience of 65 participated, including faculty, students, and external guests from academia, the public and private sectors, NGOs and civil society.