FM Shoukry discusses regional issues with Saudi counterpart in Cairo

Ahram Online , Tuesday 15 Aug 2023

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry exchanged views on various regional issues and crises in a one-on-one meeting Tuesday with his Saudi counterpart, Faisal bin Farhan, ahead of the Arab liaison committee on Syria meeting set to be held in Cairo.

Egypt s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in his meeting with Saudi counterpart FM Faisal bin Farhan in
Egypt s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in his meeting with Saudi counterpart FM Faisal bin Farhan in Cairo on Tuesday. Photo : Egyptian Foreign Ministry


The meeting addressed the developments in regional issues and ways to enhance consultation and coordination between Egypt and Saudi Arabia in dealing with them. Foremost among these issues were Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Syria.

The two ministers emphasized the necessity of solidarity and joint Arab action to preserve Arab national security.

They stressed that the proposed solutions to these issues should be genuinely Arab and allow the region's peoples to determine their destiny, fulfilling their aspirations for stability, progress, and prosperity.

They also discussed developments in the Palestinian cause, with Shoukry sharing the outcomes of the recent trilateral summit hosted by Egypt, attended by the king of Jordan and the Palestinian president.

Bilateral relations

Shoukry emphasized Egypt's appreciation for the solid and fraternal ties that bind the two countries at the official and popular level.

He expressed his desire to advance consultation and coordination in priority sectors for both countries.

On his part, the Saudi foreign minister also praised Egypt-Saudi relations, affirming his side's appreciation for the momentum achieved in bilateral relations across various fields.

At the end of the meeting, the two ministers agreed on the importance of continuing communication and coordination to support Arab issues and to enhance cooperation and solidarity between the two countries.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the participation of the two ministers in the activities of the Arab liaison committee on Syria, which is being held today in Cairo.

Earlier Tuesday, Shoukry held a trilateral meeting with his counterparts from Iraq and Jordan, as well as another meeting with his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad.

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