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Egypt's FM Shoukry discusses bilateral ties, Mid East developments with US officials

MENA , Ahram Online , Thursday 28 Mar 2019
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FM meeting with Senators Risch (R) and Menendez (L) (Photo courtesy of the Egyptian foreign ministry)
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Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has warned of the dangers of the collapse of nation states in the Middle East and the spread of terrorism, underlining the importance of combining international efforts to forge a comprehensive counterterrorism strategy covering not only the military and security perspectives but also tackling the social, cultural and economic factors.

The Egyptian FM's remarks came during talks on Thursday in Washington with senior US officials,  including chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee Republican Jim Risch, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Republican Ron Johnson, and Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, Egypt's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said on Thursday.

Shoukry also met with US Congressmen Republicans Hal Rogers and Mac Thornberry.

The Egyptian foreign minister stressed Egypt's keenness on keeping in touch with US Congress members to update them on the positive developments in Egypt on the political, economic and social levels.

He also stressed that the US aid programme is of special importance to Egypt as it highlights the depth of bilateral ties.

The talks also tackled the latest regional developments, especially the crises in Yemen, Syria and Libya.

Shoukry affirmed the importance of reaching political solutions to such crises while preserving the national institutions of these countries.

On Wednesday, Shoukry met with US Representative and Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee Democrat Nita Lowey and discussed means of boosting Egyptian-US relations in various fields, including the US economic and military assistance programme.

The foreign minister stressed the importance of maintaining the assistance program to preserve the strategic relations between the two countries.

Shoukry discussed with Lowey the latest developments in Egypt and the Middle East region, including the Palestinian issue as well as the Syrian, Libyan and Yemeni crises.

On Tuesday, Shoukry held talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who lauded his Egyptian counterpart's dedication to strengthening US-Egyptian ties and congratulated Egypt on Tuesday's 40th anniversary of the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty.

The two officials discussed ways to boost mutual cooperation and strategic partnership, as well as bolstering efforts to "confront regional and international threats to stability in the Middle East."

During the talks, the Egyptian minister underlined the importance of pushing for a just settlement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The Egyptian diplomat reiterated Egypt's firm stance that the Golan Heights is occupied Syrian land, following US President Donald Trump's recent recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the occupied territory. 

Also on Tuesday, Shoukry met with a number of US congressmen including Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee, Republican US Representative Steve Chabot and Representative Ted Deutch, the Democrat who heads the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East.

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