Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and European Commissioner for Nighbourhood and Enlargement Oliv r V rhelyi in Brussels during their meeting on Tuesday (Photo : Egyptian Foreign Ministry)
According to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, Shoukry and Várhelyi also discussed ways to cooperate in combating climate change.
From his side, the European commissioner said on his official Twitter account on Tuesday that he held good discussions with Shoukry ahead of the European Union-African Union meeting that will be held on 17 and 18 February in Brussels as well as ahead of a meeting between President Abdel-Fattah and President of the EU Commission Ursula Von der Leyen
“Egypt is a key strategic partner for the EU for shared prosperity and stability,” he said on Twitter.
El-Sisi arrived in Brussels earlier in the day to partake in the sixth EU- AU summit.
The summit, in which leaders of the EU and AU as well as their respective member states meet, aims to ensure renewed and deeper partnership between both blocs based on trust and clear understanding of shared interests, said the European Council.
During his participation, El-Sisi will focus on various topics of concern to African nations, especially international efforts to facilitate these countries’ integration into the global economy, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement on Tuesday.
El-Sisi will also highlight the necessity to provide effective support to African countries in achieving the United Nations’ 2030 sustainable development goals (SDGs), transfer technology to developing countries, empower them to rely on renewable energy sources, and boost investments in them.
Furthermore, the president will discuss Egypt’s scheduled hosting of the 27th UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP27) in November and the country’s efforts to achieve balanced and implementable outcomes during the event.