Egypt FM discusses war in Gaza with members of US Congressional Friends of Egypt Caucus

Ahram Online , Wednesday 6 Dec 2023

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry discussed with a host of US Congressional Friends of Egypt Caucus during a meeting in Washington DC Wednesday a series of regional issues, including the ongoing war in Gaza.

Sameh Shoukry
Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry pose for an image with with U.S Congressional Friends of Egypt Caucus. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Shoukry and the US group tackled the importance of an immediate ceasefire to protect the Palestinian civilians in Gaza. They also urged for a fresh, serious start to the peace process to establish the Palestinian state within a specified timeframe, added the statement.

The meeting also touched upon the situations in Sudan and Libya and the developments of the long-standing dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

Shoukry reviewed Egypt’s economic efforts in the past years, including launching the economic reform program. 

He said such a step resulted in several achievements despite the challenging international and regional circumstances, the statement noted.

On the social level, Shoukry highlighted Egypt’s success in adopting effective policies in empowering women, establishing a social security network, and launching the 2021-2026 National Human Rights Strategy.

The meeting also addressed various aspects of the bilateral relations. The group members expressed their support for enhancing Egyptian-US relations in all fields as per the statement.

On Tuesday, Shoukry met a number of US senators and discussed the situation in the Gaza Strip, including the humanitarian conditions and ongoing efforts to stop the war in Gaza.

Shoukry will join the Arab-Muslim ministerial delegation, set to visit DC on Thursday, where they will meet with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and members of the US Congress.

The delegation's visit comes in line with the final resolution passed at the Joint Arab-Islamic Extraordinary Summit in Riyadh to spearhead international action to end the war on Gaza and tackle the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the besieged Strip.

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