Shoukry, Cleverly welcome recent progress in Egyptian-British relations

Ahram Online , Monday 18 Oct 2021

Egyptian Foreign Minister and the UK Minister for the Middle East and North Africa James Cleverly welcomed on Sunday recent progress in bilateral relations since the Egypt-UK free trade agreement went into force earlier this year, as well as the easing of the travel restrictions between the two countries.

Sameh Shoukry
Egypt s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in his meeting with with British Minister for Middle East and North Africa at the Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) James Cleverly in Cairo on Sunday (Photo: Egyptian Foreign MInistry)

Shoukry also discussed various means of boosting Egyptian-British ties with Cleverly, who is on his first official visit to Egypt.

The British minister's visit comes nearly a month after the UK removed Egypt from a travel red list, which imposes a mandatory 10-day quarantine at a hotel on visitors from Egypt to the kingdom due to coronavirus concerns.

The free trade agreement, known as the association deal, was signed between Egypt and the UK in December 2020 to provide a platform to deepen trade and investment relations between the two countries after Brexit.

The two ministers said the new developments would contribute to promoting tourism and investment between Cairo and London, a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry said.

Shoukry expressed during the meeting Egypt's support for the efforts made by the UK to make the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) successful.

The event is scheduled to be hosted in Glasgow in November.

Egypt is hoping the conference's outcomes will push forward efforts to combat climate change, most significantly providing support to developing countries under the 2016 Paris agreement, Shoukry added.

Shoukry noted that Egypt is looking forward to hosting the next session of the COP in 2022, adding that the country seeks to help boost international efforts to face climate change.

Egypt has been selected as a nominee to host the UN Climate Change Conference COP 27, scheduled for November 2022.

Shoukry and cleverly also exchanged views regarding several regional issues, at the top of which is the situation in Palestine and the peace process, as well as the developments in Libya, Syria and Lebanon, according to the statement.

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