Egypt's FM to participate in three live events in Washington on Gaza war and its aftermath

Ahram Online , Thursday 7 Dec 2023

Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry will participate in three events on Thursday during his ongoing visit to Washington, revolving around Egypt's stance and perspectives on regional challenges, with a special focus on the Gaza war and its aftermath.

Sameh Shoukry
FM Sameh Shoukry


Shoukry will hold a conversation with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), at 7 pm Cairo time (GMT 2+), a US national security think tank, discussing Egypt's efforts to contain the war repercussions in Gaza, as well as the necessary political actions to reach a permanent ceasefire, according to Ahmed Abu-Zeid, the foreign ministry's spokesperson.

According to the CSIS, during the Israel war on Gaza, Egypt emerged as a vital regional actor, an essential mediator, and a key access point for humanitarian aid to Gaza.

“Looking forward, Egypt’s role is likely to grow. As the world seeks to move beyond the immediate conflict, Egypt will be a vital conduit for reconstruction assistance and is likely to be a key guarantor of whatever political arrangement emerges in Gaza,” the CSIS said while announcing Thursday’s event featuring Shoukry.

The talks during the event will address the war in Gaza and its aftermath, said CSIS while providing a link for live broadcasting.

After that, Shoukry will hold a meeting with Aspen Security Forum at 8:45 pm Cairo time to discuss the Israeli war on Gaza and its repercussions, both regionally and globally, Abu-Zeid said.

Discussions will be hosted by American journalist and blogger Steve Clemons, according to Aspen Security Forum. The conversation will be aired live on Aspen Institute’s YouTube channel.

Furthermore, Shoukry will speak in a live television interview with CNN's “The Lead with Jake Tapper” programme at 11:00 pm Cairo time, to discuss the latest regional developments.

Ongoing US visit

Shoukry, who arrived Wednesday in the US capital, held several meetings with US officials in the US House of Representatives and Senate in Washington, including the Congressional Friends of Egypt Caucus, where they addressed several regional issues, especially the ongoing war in the Gaza Strip and the urgent need for an immediate ceasefire to protect Palestinian civilians.

His meetings with Democratic senators included Ben Cardin, chair of the Foreign Relations Committee; Chris Coons, chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations; Dick Durbin, the Democratic majority whip; and Chris Van Hollen, chair of the Judiciary Committee.

He also met with Republican senators Ted Cruz, member of the Foreign Relations Committee; Marco Rubio, vice chair of the Intelligence Committee and member of the Foreign Relations and Appropriations Committees; and Lindsey Graham, the minority leader on the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations Appropriations.

US senators praised Egypt’s recent efforts concerning de-escalation and facilitating the exchange of captives and detainees, expressing their gratitude to Egypt for facilitating the evacuation of American citizens from the strip.

Shoukry's meetings also included the Democratic Representative Hakeem Jeffries, minority leader in the House of Representatives, and Republican Representatives Michael T. McCaul, chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Mike Rogers, chair of the Armed Services Committee, and Steve Scalise, majority leader in the House of Representatives.

US representatives commended, during these meetings, Egypt’s efforts in fostering regional security and stability and expressed their full support for bolstering all aspects of Egypt-US relations.

Shoukry will join the Arab-Muslim ministerial delegation, set to visit DC on Thursday, where they will meet with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and several members of the US Congress.

The delegation's visit comes in line with the final resolution passed at the Joint Arab-Islamic Extraordinary Summit in Riyadh, to spearhead international action to end the war on Gaza and tackle the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the besieged strip.

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