Egypt s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (R) and his French counterpart Catherine Colonna hold a joint press conference in Cairo on September 14, 2023. Photo: AFP
FM Shoukry’s statements came during a press conference with France’s Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna after the two top diplomats met in Cairo to discuss strengthening relations between the two countries on all levels, according to a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry.
Shoukry and Colonna discussed recent developments in the Sahel region, Syria, Iraq, and Sudan.
They agreed on the need to reach a ceasefire and national dialogue to end the current conflict in Sudan, according to the statement.
Colonna stressed during the press conference that Egypt is an important and strategic partner for France and Europe.
She added that stronger Egyptian-French collaboration would positively impact the Mediterranean region and address the global implications of the Russia-Ukraine war on food and energy prices and its impact on food security.
Shoukry stressed during the press conference the importance of reviving the grain deal between Russia and Ukraine in order to help Egypt secure its wheat needs.
He expressed Egypt’s gratitude to France for providing the country with key shipments of wheat.
On this note, Minister Colonna highlighted that the European Union supports Egypt in achieving food security.
She emphasized the need for international pressure on Russia to end the war in Ukraine.
Minister Shoukry also urged for an end to the Russia-Ukraine crisis through a political agreement.
From her side, Colonna expressed gratitude for Egypt’s supply of natural gas to France last year amid the energy crisis.
She praised the ongoing National Dialogue between the government and various opposition forces in Egypt, according to the statement.
Colonna had arrived in Cairo on Wednesday on a two-day official visit.
She met earlier on Thursday with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and other senior Egyptian officials.
She also met with the Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Abul Gheit.