Pierre Berthelot, a researcher at the European Institute for Orientalism and Security and an advisor at the Mediterranean Studies Institute, lauded Egypt’s new administrative capital and all of the megaprojects launched by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.
Berthelot said present era requires more development and construction, citing that one million births take place in Egypt annually. He said it was hard to control the birthrate, and this nagging in the long term with respect to water.
The researcher said agriculture is another problem on the southern bank of the Mediterranean, citing water in some countries like Lebanon and Syria. He said that Turkey takes advantage of the Euphrates River, but it should cooperate with its neighbors.
Berthelot’s remarks were made during a seminar held by the Center for Middle East Studies in Paris (CEMO), headed by Egyptian MP Dr. Abdel Rahim Ali.
The seminar focuses on cooperation between Europe and non-European Mediterranean states, including Egypt, in the fight against terrorism; illegal immigration; education, and water.
The seminar is held on the sidelines of the Two Mediterranean Banks summit which is held in Marseilles on June 23 and 24.
CEMO takes the opportunity of the summit to open discussion on the issues that cause problems between countries on the two banks of the Mediterranean.
Apart from the Arab-Israeli conflict, which stands behind most of the violence in our world today, the Arab Spring came to wreak disaster on the world and widen the scope of problems in it.