Shoukry heads to Brussels for 10th meeting of EU-Egypt Association Council

Ahram Online , Sunday 21 Jan 2024

Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry will head on Sunday to Brussels, the Belgian capital, on a working visit to lead Egypt's delegation at the 10th meeting of the EU-Egypt Association Council, according to Ahmed Abu-Zeid, the foreign ministry's spokesman.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. Photo: AFP


The meeting, co-chaired by Shoukry, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Vice President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, will feature the participation of several EU foreign ministers.

According to Abu-Zeid, the meeting is of particular significance, as it marks the 20th anniversary since the Egypt-EU Association Agreement entered into force, which represents the general framework that regulates  Egyptian-European relations and the reference for bilateral cooperation in various fields, including politics, economy, trade, and culture.

Abu-Zeid further said that the EU-Egypt Association Council represents the most comprehensive framework to follow up on the implementation of the Egyptian-European partnership and benefit from the framework of the EU-Egypt Partnership Priorities 2021-2027.

Shoukry's visit will also include holding a working breakfast with his European counterparts to discuss ways of enhancing bilateral relations and to follow up on the implementation of joint projects and programmes between Egypt and the EU.

They will also discuss the current regional crises, most notably the war in the Gaza Strip, the situation in Sudan, Somalia, and Libya, and the navigation security in the Red Sea, Abu-Zeid said.

Additionally, Shoukry will hold a series of bilateral meetings with the president of the European Parliament, the secretary-general of NATO, and senior European commissioners concerned with neighbourhood policies, economy, energy, migration, climate, humanitarian affairs, and crisis management.

The Egyptian foreign minister will also participate with the foreign ministers of Jordan and Saudi Arabia, the secretary-general of the Arab League, along with the EU foreign ministers, and Borrell to discuss the latest developments in the Gaza Strip and the future of the Palestinian cause, in addition to de-escalation efforts in the Middle East.

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