Egypt FM Shoukry calls for reviving Middle East peace process

Ahram Online , Tuesday 19 Sep 2023

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry called in New York to revive the Middle East peace process, reiterating that Egypt is ready to work with all parties to achieve a just and lasting peace based on the two-state solution.

Shoukry in UNGA78
Egypt s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry participating in the meeting on reviving the Middle East Peace Process on the sideline of the 78th United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York, United States on Monday. Photo: Egyptian Foreign Ministry.


Shoukry had been speaking at the ministerial meeting held on Monday in New York to discuss ways to revive the Middle East Peace process.

He stressed that a just peace is the only basis for achieving integration, cooperation, and coexistence in the Middle East.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 78) in New York. It was co-hosted by the European Union, the Arab League, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan.

The Egyptian foreign minister also reiterated Egypt's commitment to supporting peace efforts in the region, noting that Egypt was the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel in 1979.

He also highlighted Egypt's support for subsequent peace efforts, including the Oslo Accords and the Arab Peace Initiative.

Furthermore, Shoukry emphasized that further efforts in that direction must be grounded in a two-state solution which culminates in establishing an independent, viable, and territorially contiguous Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

He also praised the efforts of Saudi Arabia, the Arab League, and the European Union to revive the Arab Peace Initiative, noting Egypt's cooperation with Jordan to support these efforts.

The Egyptian foreign minister concluded his speech by calling for the international community to take responsibility for creating a favourable environment for peace.

Moreover, Shoukry called on Israel to stop unilateral actions that forestall the peace process. He also urged Israel to fulfil the commitments made at the Aqaba-Sharm El-Sheikh meetings.

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