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Ambassador Yonov Agah (Nigeria)
106. The representative of Egypt agreed with the Chairman's assessment of the state of play. He said that the Chairman had made strenuous and genuine efforts to resolve the issue concerning the request from the CBD Secretariat. His delegation had always been constructively engaged with the Chairman and was trying to bring ideas that might provide Members with some leeway on the matter. These ideas did not touch upon Egypt's principal position regarding the matter of permanent observership which, as a position of the Arab countries, was still being considered. However, until the General Council provided a holistic approach to solve the matter across the board, his delegation would not be able to discuss any request for a permanent observership in the TRIPS Council. He said that his delegation remained in the hands of the Chairman and his successor in any future consultations on this matter.