Shoukry meets with counterparts about regional, economic crises on UNGA 78 sideline

Ahram Online , Wednesday 20 Sep 2023

On the sideline of the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 78) in New York, Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry met with his counterparts from Canada, Croatia, and Sierra Leone on Tuesday to discuss the situation in Sudan, bilateral relations, and the global economic crisis.

File Photo: Egypt s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. AFP


In a meeting with his Canadian counterpart, Melanie Joly, Sameh Shoukry discussed the crisis in Sudan, global economic challenges, and food security, according to the Egyptian foreign ministry.

Shoukry briefed Joly on Egypt's efforts to resolve the crisis in Sudan, both through its contacts with international and regional parties, and through the Sudan neighbouring countries mechanism. He also noted that Egypt has received around 310,000 Sudanese citizens to date.

He also discussed the major global economic challenges, noting the need for all countries, including Canada, to contribute to efforts to address the negative economic consequences of the successive crises.

Joly expressed her country's willingness to support Egyptian food security through international organizations.

She also affirmed the importance of Egypt as one of Canada's main tourism destinations.

Meeting with Croatian counterpart

In his meeting with his Croatian counterpart, Gordan Grlić Radman, Sameh Shoukry discussed trade, cooperation, and the global economic crisis.

Shoukry congratulated Radman on Croatia's recent accession to the Schengen and Eurozone. He also commended Croatia's support for Egypt in international forums, including on the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

The two ministers agreed to arrange a number of high-level visits between the two countries, including a visit by Shoukry to Croatia to hold the next round of political consultations in Zagreb.

They also discussed the possibility of exchanging support for each other's nominations in international forums.

Shoukry praised the growth of trade between the two countries, which doubled to reach nearly half a billion dollars in 2022, thanks to Egyptian exports of gas and ammonia, expressing his hope that it would increase further.

Radman expressed his appreciation for the growing cooperation between the two countries, noting the potential for growth in the areas of food and energy security.

Meeting with Sierra Leonean foreign minister

Shoukry also discussed Sudan, trade, investment, and security with his Sierra Leonean counterpart, Timothy Moses Kabbah.

Shoukry congratulated Kabbah on his recent appointment and invited him to visit Egypt soon.

Their meeting touched on African security and the need to promote African issues in multilateral institutions, especially in light of Sierra Leone's upcoming membership in the UN Security Council.

Shoukry also praised Sierra Leone's role as coordinator of the African Group of Ten on UN Security Council reform and expansion in reaffirming the common African position on this issue.

Sierra Leone's foreign minister briefed Shoukry on his country’s position on the political and security situation in the Sahel and West Africa region, especially the developments in Mali, Chad, Niger, and Burkina Faso.

He said security in the region is fluid. He pointed out that the area is a breeding ground for terrorist groups, which has been exacerbated by food insecurity.

He also reviewed efforts by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to resolve regional crises, stressing the importance of strengthening the grouping's ability to deal with accelerating challenges.

Shoukry reviewed developments in Sudan and Egypt's concerns about their negative effects on neighbouring countries. He also explained the outcomes of the ministerial meeting of Sudan's neighboring countries in N'Djamena, Chad, which witnessed the formulation of an action plan that is being finalized for adoption.

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