Al-Orabi said that there are other issues attracting Egypt's attention like the situation in Libya, Sudan, and the Palestinian cause, asserting that Egypt will return to its pioneering role at various levels, "whether at the Islamic, Arab, African, European, or American level."
He also said that Egypt will employ the "soft power," in its ties with all countries in what includes cultural, economic, social dimensions, besides the political dimension, describing the Egyptian foreign policy as "well-established," and emanating from the strength of Egypt and its people.
Al-Orabi also said that Egypt's foreign policy is fully in tandem with the aspirations of the Egyptian people, and the goals set by "the 25th of January revolution," making clear that Head of the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi gave him a number of instructions centering on Egypt's interests all over the world.
The newly-appointed Egyptian Foreign Minister also said that the African continent is one of the political priorities of Egypt through cooperating with African countries in various fields, "regardless of differences over some issues like waters of the River Nile."
In the meantime, Al-Orabi asserted that Egypt's interest in Africa does not preclude its interest in other issues like the Palestinian cause, the Palestinian reconciliation, Arab issues, and various relevant economic issues, as well as the conditions of overseas Egyptians, noting the ability of Egyptian foreign ministry to tackle all issues "in parallel."
Al-Orabi made clear that African dimension will be one of the main themes within the Egyptian foreign policy in the coming stage, expressing his happiness that his first overseas missions will be to Equatorial Guinea to attend the African Union (AU) summit there as part of the delegation led by Prime Minister Essam Sharaf.
Al-Orabi took the constitutional oath on Sunday as Egypt's Foreign Minister before Field Marshal Tantawi, and in succession of ex-Foreign Minister Dr. Nabil Al-Arabi who was elected as the Arab League Secretary General.
Source: Kuwait News Agency - KNA