Egypt keen to enhance cooperation with Pakistan on all levels: FM Shoukry

Ahram Online , Sunday 20 Mar 2022

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry affirmed Egypt’s keenness on promoting fields of bilateral cooperation with Pakistan at all levels in a way that achieves the aspirations of the Egyptian and Pakistani people and enhances both countries’ capability to confront several challenges.

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Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi during their meeting in Islamabad on Sunday (photo courtesy of Egyptian Foreign Ministry)

During a meeting in Islamabad on Sunday, Shoukry and his Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, looked into means of developing bilateral ties as well as discussed international and regional issues of mutual concern.

Shoukry hailed the positive progress in Egyptian-Pakistani ties in 2021 that was reflected in the visit of the Pakistani foreign minister to Egypt in February 2021 and the holding of the ninth round of Egyptian-Pakistani political consultations in Cairo in March 2021.

The two sides affirmed that they are looking forward to fostering continued communication and exchanging visits at all levels, according to a statement by Ahmed Hafez, the spokesperson for the Egyptian foreign ministry.

Egypt’s top diplomat is set to participate in the 48th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which will be held in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In his meeting on Sunday, Shoukry expressed appreciation for Pakistan’s hosting of the 48th session of the CFM of the OIC, emphasising the continuation of cooperation and coordination between the two countries within the framework of the organisation regarding all issues of mutual interest.

Pakistan is the fourth and last stop for Shoukry in his Asian tour that started on Sunday, 13 March, with visits and meetings with officials from MalaysiaSingapore, and Indonesia.

During his tour, Shoukry delivered two messages from President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. The first was handed to Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob during a meeting on 14 March in Kuala Lumpur. The second was delivered during a meeting in Singapore on 17 March to Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, reflecting Egypt’s desire to strengthen bilateral relations between both countries.

The tour also included meetings by Shoukry, in his capacity as president-designate of the COP 27, with several officials tackling climate change challenges, as Egypt is set to host the coming UN Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP 27) in Sharm El-Sheikh this November.

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