US congressional aides eye cooperation with Egypt to support regional stability efforts

Ahram Online , Tuesday 14 Dec 2021

A delegation of US congressional aides visiting Cairo has expressed aspiration for cooperation with Egypt at bilateral levels and through international events to support regional security, stability, and peace efforts.

A delegation of US congressional aides meets with Heba Zaki, Egypt s assitant foreign minister for North America affairs, in the headquarters of the ministry in Cairo, 13 December 2021. Egyptian foreign ministry

The delegation made the remarks in a meeting on Monday with Heba Zaki, Egypt's assitant foreign minister for North America affairs.

During the meeting, Zaki and the congressional delegation addressed Egypt's vision toward the most prominent regional and international issues of mutual concern, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

The meeting also addressed Egypt's comprehensive vision on the human rights field and couterterrorism effforts, as well as nonproliferation topics and the developments regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) file.

Washinton has reapeatedly voiced support to a negotiated deal on the decade-long GERD dispute between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia that will address the interest of all parties including Egypt's water needs.

In a phone call in May, US President Joe Biden told Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi that the US understands the extreme importance of the GERD issue to the Egyptian people, indicating that more efforts will be exerted to ensure Egypt's water security.

During Monday's meeting, Zaki and the congressional aides also discussed issues of environment and climate change as well as Egypt's planned hosting of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) in 2022.

The meeting reviewed Egypt's efforts in the Arab region and the active Egyptian efforts alongside the African countries within the framework of the African Union.

The congressional delegation voiced appreciation of Egypt's role in achieving stability in the Arab and African region.

In November, Washington hosted the US-Egypt Strategic Dialogue between Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Secretary of State Antony Blinken for the first time since 2015.

Shoukry and Blinken discussed deepening bilateral and regional cooperation in fields including human rights, defence and security, justice and law enforcement, economy, education, culture, and consular affairs.

The top diplomats also agreed on the need for holding the US-Egypt Strategic Dialogue on a regular basis, according to a joint statement.

During the dialogue, the US welcomed Egypt’s launch of its National Human Rights Strategy in September and national plans to advance human rights in cooperation with civil society.

The two sides agreed to continue dialogue on human rights, according to the statement.

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