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Egypt's foreign minister meets UN Chief

Ahram Online , Friday 24 Mar 2017
Guterres and Shoukry
A file photo of Secretary-General António Guterres (left) with Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry of Egypt (right) at a press conference in Cairo in February.( Photo:UN)
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Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met on Thursday in New York with UN Secretary-General  António Guterres where they discussed the latest developments in the Middle East, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

In a statement issued early Friday, foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said Shoukry and Guterres focused particularly on Egyptian efforts to mediate among the political rivals in war-torn Libya to help the country reach a political agreement.

The two also discussed the results of the fourth round of Syria's peace talks in Geneva. Shoukry underscored Egypt's support for the UN special envoy for the country Staffan de Mistura.

The foreign minister and UN chief also discussed developments in South Sudan. Shoukry emphasised the importance of international support for the country's rival powers to reach a reconciliation based on a peace agreement they signed in August 2015.

Shoukry is currently on a visit to the US.

The minister participated in a meeting of the global coalition working to defeat the Islamic State group in Washington D.C on Wednesday

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