The former UN Secretary General, Boutros Ghali, confirmed on Tuesday that he expected a brighter future for Egypt in the coming years.
Ghali, who celebrates his 90th birthday tomorrow, said that Egypt's future would be better as long as there is a segment of youth leaders who believe in openness to the outside world for the sake of Egypt's interests.
Commenting on Cairo's status, Ghali asserted that Cairo would regain its regional and international standing through more serious and hard work.
Regarding openness to the outside world, he said; "we must not be afraid of the other sides, we must establish dialogue with them."
Noting that technology facilitated contacts around the world, he explained: "The world has become more connected than it was in the past."
The former UN chief said that there is a real connection between democracy and human rights, development and progress. He stressed that Egypt must take the path of democracy, justice and equality in order to realise its full national potential.