Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Address: Nile Corniche, بولاق، Boulaq, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Sameh Hassan Shoukry
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt
Born in 1952 in Cairo, Minister Shoukry was educated at Ein Shams University, earning his law degree in 1975. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the following year as an attaché. By 1978, he was stationed at the Egyptian embassy in London as the third secretary.
Minister Shoukry returned to Egypt in 1982, becoming second secretary to the cabinet of the deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs. He was dispatched overseas in 1984 to Argentina, where he served as first secretary at the embassy in Buenos Aires. From 1988 to 1990, Minister Shoukry served as counselor to the cabinet of the deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs back in Cairo. He then went to New York City, working in Egypt’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations until 1994. Later that year, he returned to Cairo to serve as director of the Department of the United States and Canada at the Foreign Ministry.
In 1995, he was promoted to secretary for information, reporting to President Hosni Mubarak. Four years later, he received his first ambassadorship when he became Egypt’s top diplomat in Austria. For another four years (1999-2003), he served simultaneously as ambassador and as Egypt’s representative to the International Organizations in Vienna. From 2004-2005 he served as Egypt’s assistant foreign minister. In 2005, he returned to UN headquarters to be Egypt’s permanent representative at the world body. He remained at this post until becoming ambassador to the United States between 2008-2012. In 2014 he became the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Egypt.
Minister Shoukry speaks Arabic, English and Spanish. He and his wife, Suzy, have two sons.
A peaceful, democratic and developing Egypt.
Since development is considered one of the key objectives of the state's general policy, the Foreign Ministry engages in the country's comprehensive development efforts by trying to attract foreign investments, obtain economic assistance, and facilitate technology transfer. To accomplish this, specialized departments for international cooperation and economic relations have been established within the Ministry, which coordinate and cooperate with other Egyptian ministries and institutions working in those domains.
The Ministry also seeks to maintain strong bilateral and multilateral relationships, which is another essential goal for Egyptian general policy. Strengthening traditional friendly relations as well as building new relationships enables Egypt to exercise influence and pursue Egyptian interests all over the globe. Traditional relationships, such as those with African and Arab countries, are maintained primarily through interactions within the regional organizations; mainly the African Union and the Arab League. Bilateral relations with Arab and African countries are also promoted by undertaking continuous consultations, widening the scope of cooperation in various fields, as well as exchanging expertise in the different areas of development. The Ministry is also committed to boosting Egypt's strategic relationships, such as those with the United States and the European countries, which helps Egypt in its sustainable development efforts, and serves the Egyptian strategic regional and international objectives.
- Cooperation with the international community: global terrorism, international organized crime and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction can be addressed only through collective action.
- Playing an active role in the U.N to foster international peace, security and economic development.
- Enhancing the relationship between Egypt and other countries all over the world.
- Promoting understanding and appreciation for the Egyptian culture.