EU approves additional financial support for Egypt as part of budget review: Varhelyi to Shoukry

Ahram Online , Friday 2 Feb 2024

European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi informed Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry about the European Union's approval of extra financial and economic assistance for Egypt, reinforcing the strategic partnership between the two sides.

FM Shoukry and EU Commissioner
Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry shakes hands with European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi in Brussels, January 2024. Twitter/Oliver Varhelyi


In a phone call on Friday, Varhelyi briefed Shoukry on the recent decisions made during the EU Summit, held yesterday in Brussels, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Abu Zeid noted in a statement issued by the ministry.

The summit included the allocation of additional financial resources to neighboring countries, including Egypt, as part of the mid-term review of the EU long-term budget 2021-2027.

The discussion also delved into deepening cooperation in various realms between the European Union and Egypt in the coming period. Both sides expressed their commitment to enhancing political, economic, trade, cultural, and scientific ties within the framework of the new comprehensive strategic partnership.

In addition to bilateral matters, the phone call addressed the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.

Varhelyi and Shoukry emphasized the importance of increasing and ensuring the effective delivery of humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza.

They also discussed the need to remove any obstacles hindering the sufficient and sustainable provision of aid to the region's residents.

The conversation underlined the shared commitment to addressing the dire humanitarian situation in the strip.

In January, Margaritis Schinas, vice president of the European Commission and EU commissioner for promoting the European way of life, stressed the desire of EU institutions and bodies to elevate relations with Egypt to the level of a comprehensive strategic partnership.

Schinas further expressed the European Commission’s eagerness to finalize all necessary measures to launch this partnership, recognizing its significant impact on Egypt-EU bilateral relations.

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