No way to settle regional crises except through political solutions, Sisi tells German FM

Ahram Online , Tuesday 19 Jul 2022

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said in a meeting with German Minister of Foreign Affairs Annalena Baerbock on Tuesday that there is no way to settle the crises in the East Mediterranean, Libya, Syria, and Yemen except through political solutions.

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This comes before the president headed to the Serbian capital, Belgrade.

El-Sisi received the German official in Berlin on Tuesday to discuss developments in these crises, remarking that they should be settled in ways that preserve the countries’ unity, territorial integrity, and safety of their national institutions.

The president said that such an approach should provide the necessary security basis to combat terrorist groups and prevent their elements from moving to other countries in the region, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.

Minister Baerbock voiced her country's keenness to boost coordination with Egypt on Middle East issues, stating that Egypt has "political leverage" in its regional milieu, noted Rady.

She also lauded efforts exerted by Egypt to support endeavours aimed to reach political solutions to the ongoing crisis.

The meeting also tackled other regional and international issues of mutual interest, including developments in Ukraine and the war’s negative economic repercussions on the world, coronavirus pandemic, and climate change.

Today's meeting comes on the sidelines of El-Sisi's visit to Germany to co-chair climate change talks (Petersberg Climate Dialogue) that concluded earlier in the day after two-day discussions in the presence of a host of representatives of several countries ahead of the upcoming UN climate change conference hosted in the Egyptian city Sharm El-Sheikh in November.

The German Foreign Minister said that the Egyptian president’s visit to Berlin will further support bilateral relations constructively and positively, noting that the German government is committed to enhancing cooperation frameworks with Egypt across various fields.

Additionally, she lauded the President’s efforts to counter terrorism and extremism as well as efforts to achieve comprehensive and sustainable development in Egypt and the region, expressing her country’s support for these efforts.

El-Sisi said that Egypt is looking forward to boosting the longstanding strategic partnership with Germany explaining that it is key to maintaining security and stability in the Middle East.

The president said that Egypt is also keen to optimize coordination and cooperation with Germany on various political, security, and economic issues of mutual interest.

During the two-day visit which concluded earlier Tuesday, El-Sisi co-chaired the Petersberg Climate Dialogue and held separate meetings with several German officials, including German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht.

First visit to Belgrade

Following the meeting, El-Sisi headed to the Serbian capital, Belgrade for a first official bilateral visit.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic received El-Sisi at the airport on Tuesday, according to a separate statement by Rady.

The visit comes within the context of the historical relations between the two countries, the spokesman said.

It will witness intensive negotiations with Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and the Speaker of the Serbian Parliament "to explore mechanisms to enhance political and economic relations between the two countries and ways to foster closer cooperation and coordination on the regional and international levels," he added.

The President is also set to deliver a speech at Belgrade University focusing on bilateral relations and prospects for strengthening ties. Furthermore, the speech will shed light on the outlines of Egyptian policy regarding the most important regional and international issues.

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