Egypt’s Sameh Shoukry: The ‘Lion of Diplomacy’ on the international stage

By Abir Sorour
Posted on Tuesday, 20 September 2022 15:30

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry attends a news conference during the Petersberg Climate Dialogue at the Foreign Office in Berlin, Germany July 19, 2022. Christophe Gateau/Pool via REUTERS

Heading this year's COP27 in Egypt is its Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. But his reputation as a solid diplomat has been known for years on the international stage, from peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine to the on-going negotiations with the US and Ethiopia over the Nile dam. We delve into the many layers behind this diplomat.

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry was born in 1952, the year the modern post-colonial Egyptian state was established to intrinsically put an end to a history of British occupation and monarchical rule.
The career diplomat has lived through the eras of all Egyptian presidents.

He was educated during the time of Gamal Abdel Nasser (1954-1970), and served as an attaché during Anwar al-Sadat’s tenure (1970-1981). In 1982, at the beginning of Hosni Mubarak’s time (1981-2011), Shoukry returned to Egypt.