It is a great honour and privilege for me to represent Ireland as Ambassador in Cairo. The Embassy here is responsible for relations with the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Republic of Lebanon and the Arab Republic of Syria. Although we face many challenges in the region, the Embassy aims to maintain and develop good relations with the Governments and peoples of the countries to which we are accredited.
A very important part of that process is high level visits between Ireland and those countries. Another is the fostering of good cultural relations and our engagement in a number of promotional activities. Most notably in recent times this has included the 'Greenings' of the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx in Cairo, Petra in Jordan, the Citadel in Amman, and Nejmeh Square/Place de l'Etoile in Beirut, Lebanon. Since I took up duty we have increased our efforts to bring Irish culture to Cairo and Beirut in particular and have sponsored film, theatre and music events. If you have ideas, we are happy to hear about them.
A key priority for all Irish diplomatic missions is the promotion and facilitation of trade and business links between Ireland and our countries of accreditation. The Embassy is more than happy to assist any Irish companies interested in doing business in the region and I would encourage them to contact the Embassy for advice.
One of our most important functions, often supported by our Honorary Consuls, is the provision of consular support and services to Irish citizens.
Ireland has had a very distinguished and unbroken record of peacekeeping service with the United Nations since 1958. This Embassy is privileged to provide support to the Irish Permanent Defence Forces working in UN mandated peacekeeping operations in the region.