Shoukry, Cleverly discuss Libya, economic relations and Egypt-UK Partnership Council

Ahram Online , Tuesday 19 Sep 2023

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly discussed on Monday bilateral economic relations, the situation in Libya and Sudan, and preparations for the second session of the Egypt-UK Partnership Council as well as other issues.

Shoukry and Cleverly
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in his meeting with British counterpart Foreign Secretary James Cleverly on Monday at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Photo : Egyptian Foreign Ministry


The two officials met on the sidelines of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported.

Shoukry reviewed Egypt's efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to Libya following Storm Daniel and advance the political process in the country.

The British minister listened to his Egyptian counterpart's assessment of the Sudanese crisis and the results of the Sudan neighbouring countries' mechanism.

Shoukry stressed Egypt's interest in enhancing economic cooperation with the UK, increasing trade and investment, and boosting British development cooperation.

British investments in Egypt reached $21 billion in early March, according to UK ambassador Gareth Bayley.

In 2022, trade between the UK and Egypt was worth £4.5 billion, up 43 percent from 2021 – an increase of £1.4 billion, according to the UK Department of Trade and Business.

The Egyptian foreign minister briefed his British counterpart on Egypt's economic reform programme and opportunities for foreign investment.

For his part, the British foreign secretary said that he looked forward to visiting Egypt to hold the second meeting of the Egypt-UK Partnership Council as soon as possible.

He emphasized Egypt's importance to regional security and stability. He also expressed his country's interest in enhancing economic cooperation and investment in Egypt, building on the success of British companies already in the country.

Cleverly highlighted the significance of the upcoming 2024 British African Investment Summit for promoting investments in Egypt. He also stressed the importance of enhancing the role of the Egyptian-British Business Council in facilitating this cooperation.

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