Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is set to travel to Ireland on Sunday to participate in a meeting about the Palestinian issue with a number of foreign ministers.
In an official statement, Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said Shoukry’s participation in the consultative meeting between the foreign ministers of Ireland, France, Palestine, Jordan, Cyprus, Sweden, Spain and the secretary-general of the Arab League comes as part of Egypt’s keenness to push ahead with efforts to support the Palestinian cause internationally.
During his visit, Shoukry will meet with the Irish president, the speaker of the Irish Parliament, and the deputy prime minister, and both the foreign and trade ministers.
He will also deliver a speech at the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), an Irish policy think tank, where he will present Egypt’s vision of developments in the region and of international issues.
The minister’s visit comes as the two countries celebrate more than 40 years of diplomatic relations, with Egypt being the first Arab state to establish official ties with Ireland in 1975.
This is the first visit by an Egyptian foreign minister in 12 years.