Shoukry, Blinken meet in Washington, discuss regional, int'l issues

Ahram Online , Wednesday 13 Apr 2022

Egypt's foreign minister Sameh Shoukry met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday during his official visit to Washington DC to cement bilateral strategic relations.

Shoukry and Blinken
Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry during his discussion session with US counterpart Antony Blinken in Washington on Wednesday (Photo courtesy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson)

Shoukry and Blinken tackled a number of regional and international issues, said Ahmed Hafez, foreign ministry spokesman. 

The two officials underlined the importance of continued political consultations and coordination on issues of mutual concern, Hafez added.

Egypt and the US mark in 2022 their centennial diplomatic relations, established in 1922.

Shoukry began his official visit on Tuesday with meetings with US officials, including Senior Adviser to the US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate David Thorne.

He participated in a symposium at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC, where he highlighted the depth of Egypt’s strategic relations with the US.

He also discussed Egypt's vision on regional issues and challenges. 

Later on Tuesday, Shoukry had a meeting with representatives of American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Washington on means of boosting economic and trade ties between the two countries and the comprehensive development boom in Egypt. Given Egypt’s upcoming hosting of the 27th session of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 27), scheduled to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh in November, the meeting tackled the US companies' efforts to achieve sustainable development in Egypt, particularly in the renewable energy sector.

The total two-way trade in goods between the US and Egypt was $8.6 billion in 2019, according to the US Department of State.

Shoukry’s last visit to the US was in November 2021 when held talks with Blinken and kicked off the first round of the US-Egyptian Strategic Dialogue under the administration of US President Joe Biden.

The last meeting between Shoukry and Blinken was in late March on the sidelines of the Negev summit in Israe


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