Blinken to visit Cairo next week in Middle East Tour: US Department of State

Ahram Online , Thursday 26 Jan 2023

Cairo will be the first stop for US secretary of State Anthony Blinken in his Middle East tour that will kick off from 29-31 January where he will meet President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and senior Egyptian officials, the US Department of State said on Thursday.

Egypt s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in Cairo on 26 May, 2021. Egyptian presidency.

According to the US Department of State, Blinken will visit Cairo from 29-30 where he will meet with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, and senior Egyptian officials to advance the U.S.-Egypt strategic partnership and promote peace and security in the region, including through shared support for elections in Libya and the ongoing Sudanese-led political process.

Blinken then will travel to Jerusalem and Ramallah from 30-31 January 30-31.

According to the statement released, he will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, and other senior leaders in Israel to discuss the enduring U.S. support for Israel’s security, particularly against threats from Iran.

They will also discuss Israel’s deepening integration into the region, Israeli-Palestinian relations and the importance of a two-state solution, and a range of other global and regional issues.

In the West Bank, the top US diplomat will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and senior palestinian officials to discuss Israeli-Palestinian relations and the importance of a two-state solution, political reforms, and further strengthening the U.S. relationship with the Palestinian people and leadership.

The US Secretary will underscore for both the Israeli and Palestinian leaders the urgent need for the parties to take steps to de-escalate tensions to put an end to the cycle of violence that has claimed too many innocent lives according to the US Department of State.

Blinken also will discuss the importance of upholding the historic status quo of Al-Aqsa Mosque in words and in actions.

He will also engage with civil society throughout the trip to underscore the US commitment to human rights, and support for civil society, the statement added.

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