Sisi meets US VP, Lithuanian and Armenian presidents in Dubai

Ahram Online , Saturday 2 Dec 2023

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met separately on Saturday with US Vice President Kamala Harris, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda, and Armenian President Vahagn Khachaturyan, on the sidelines of the 28th UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai.

Egypt s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi meets US Vice President Kamala Harris in Dubai, UAE, 2 December 2023. Photo: Egyptian Presidency


During their meetings, El-Sisi, along with the leaders, affirmed their keenness to strengthen and deepen their countries’ strategic partnerships, according to the Spokesman for Egypt's Presidency Ahmed Fahmy.

El-Sisi and Harris affirmed that the Egypt-US partnership is an important pillar of security and stability in the Middle East, expressing mutual aspiration to increase coordination and consultation.

They also discussed regional political and security issues, especially Israel’s war on Gaza.

Harris told Sisi that “under no circumstance, the United States will permit the forced relocation of Palestinians from Gaza or the West Bank.”

Harris discussed with Sisi efforts for reconstruction, security, and governance in Gaza, stating that they “can only succeed if they are pursued in the context of a clear political horizon for the Palestinian people toward a state of their own led by a revitalized Palestinian Authority,” the statement added.

Both sides agreed on the need to protect civilians and prevent the conflict from expanding, affirming their categorical rejection of the forced displacement of Palestinians.

El-Sisi pointed to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and the need for the international community to act immediately to provide aid to alleviate residents’ suffering.

The president further expressed Egypt’s rejection of collective punishment, which is a violation of international humanitarian law.

He also affirmed Egypt’s firm position regarding the Palestinian cause, which calls for reaching a just and comprehensive solution that guarantees the rights of the Palestinians to establish their independent state per international resolutions.

Lithuanian president

During their meeting, El-Sisi and his Lithuanian counterpart affirmed their desire to enhance bilateral relations and coordinate on political issues.

Egypt's president welcomed the activity of several Lithuanian companies in Egypt and looked forward to intensifying cooperation in various fields.

Both presidents also discussed challenges facing African and European countries, mainly irregular migration and terrorism, which require coordination between both sides to reach effective solutions.

They also discussed and exchanged views on the developments in the Gaza Strip, as well as the developments of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis and its negative repercussions on the global economy.

Armenian president

El-Sisi and the president of Armenia discussed regional developments in the Middle East and South Caucasus regions.

They also emphasized the unique history of Egyptian-Armenian relations at the official and popular levels, stressing the need to strengthen cooperation, especially at the tourism, cultural, trade, economic, and security levels.

El-Sisi arrived in Dubai Thursday to participate in the presidential segment of COP28, which is being hosted by the UAE from 30 November to 12 December. 

In his speech on Friday, El-Sisi called for global cooperation to achieve climate action goals, noting the gravity of current political and international challenges, coinciding with the pressing consequences of climate change.

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