North Macedonia, Egypt to expand trade relations

MENA , Ahram Online , Sunday 11 Dec 2022

In a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry in Cairo on Sunday, Republic of North Macedonia's Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani said that his country has taken steps to establish direct contact between Egyptian and Macedonian chambers of commerce to expand trade relations.

Sameh Shoukry
Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry attends the Med 2022 Dialogues forum, in Rome, Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. AP


His remarks came following a meeting between the two ministers that tackled boosting political, economic and cultural relations, according to Shoukry.

The meeting also explored ways of fostering cooperation with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (OSCE) Mediterranean Partners Group, which is chaired by Osmani. North Macedonia is also set to take over the presidency of the OSCE in 2023.

Shoukry said there is a strong political will to boost bilateral cooperation, adding that the two of them agreed on maintaining dialogue and going through the legal framework regulating relations between the two sides.

The Macedonian foreign minister also extended an invitation to Shoukry to visit his country.

Shoukry added that they discussed the situation in western Balkans and the Middle East in light of challenges besetting the two regions.

The discussions also reviewed the latest developments of the Palestinian cause, the situation in Libya and efforts exerted by Egypt to achieve stability and face terrorism.

Shoukry asserted that Egypt will continue all efforts to foster close cooperation and set up a friendship based on mutual respect and the UN charter.

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