Egypt's FM Shoukry attends official dinner banquet in Israel ahead of Negev summit

Ahram Online , Sunday 27 Mar 2022

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry attended on Sunday along with foreign ministers of UAE, Bahrain and Morocco an official banquet hosted by Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid in Tel Aviv, ahead of a meeting in Israel’s Negev, the Egyptian foreign ministry announced.

Sameh Shoukry
Egyptian FM Sameh Shoukry with his counterparts from Morocco, Bahrain and UAE at the official dinner banquet hosted by Israeli FM Yair Lapid in Israel on Sunday (Photo : Egyptian Foreign Ministry)

According to Lapid on his official Twitter account, the Arab ministers were informed of the suicide attack that took place in Hadera city Sunday night where two Israelis were killed and 10 others were injured by two Arab-Israeli gunmen disguised as security guards.

Lapid stated that the ministers condemned the attack and offered their condolences to the families of the victims as well as wishing a speedy recovery to the injured.

Shoukry arrived in Tel Aviv earlier in the day to take part in a meeting with the foreign ministers of the US, the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Israel.

Following his arrival in Israel, Shoukry has so far met with his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid, according to the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Hafez

The visit comes at the invitation of the Israeli foreign minister to join a meeting in Israel’s Negev with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and their counterparts from Bahrain, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.

On his Twitter account, Lapid called the Negev summit, which extends to Monday, “a historic diplomatic summit.” He displayed the flags of Egypt, the first Arab country to recongise Israel in 1977, as well as of Morocco, UAE and Bahrain, three of the four countries that signed Abraham Accords with Israel in 2020.

Lapid’s announcement gave no details about the agenda. However, US officials said quelling Israel's worries about a looming nuclear deal with Iran and discussing the potential global wheat shortage caused by the Ukraine war will top the agenda.

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