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Egypt FM to 'intensify consultations' during six Arab countries tour amid regional tension: Statement

Shoukry's three-day tour will include Jordan, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman, amid raised regional tensions

Ahram Online , Saturday 11 Nov 2017
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Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is set to start a tour Sunday to six countries in the region, a foreign ministry statement read Saturday.

In an official statement, foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said the countries that Shoukry is scheduled to visit during the three-day tour include Jordan, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman.

According to the statement, talks would include discussions on developments in the region, as well as bilateral relations between the abovementioned countries.

Abu Zeid said the talks come in the frame of constant consultations conducted by Egypt, especially in light of political developments in Lebanon and challenges related to the security and stability of the region.

According to Abu Zeid, ongoing developments require "an intensification of consultations and coordination between Egypt and its brothers in the region." 

Shoukry will deliver messages by Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to leaders of the six Arab states.

Earlier last week, El-Sisi has reiterated on more than one occasion, including in press interviews, that "the security of the Gulf is a red line."

The Egyptian foreign minister will underline Egypt's firm stance on the necessity of preserving Arab solidarity amid various challenges faced by the region and Arab national security.

He will affirm Egypt's policy on pursuing political solutions to crises and on the importance of averting tension, polarisation and instability in the region.

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