Slovenia relies on Egypt to maintain regional stability amid Gaza crisis: President Musar to FM Shoukry

Ahram Online , Tuesday 13 Feb 2024

Slovenian President Nataša Pirc Musar said her country heavily relies on Egypt to ensure stability across the Middle East, especially amid the ongoing crisis in the Gaza Strip.

Sameh Shoukry
Nata a Pirc Musar, Slovenia s President and Slovenia officials during their meeting with Egypt s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry during his visit Slovenia on Monday 12 Febraury, 2024. Photo courtesy of Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

This came during a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry who was in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana on Monday to discuss regional issues and cooperation with Slovenian officials.

Musar underlined Slovenia’s support for Egypt’s position calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and the implementation of the two-state solution to achieve peace.

From his side, FM Shoukry praised Slovenia’s stances on the Palestinian cause, including its backing of the case filed by South Africa against Israel before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the wake of the disastrous humanitarian situation in Gaza.

In a separate meeting, Prime Minister Robert Golob emphasized to Shoukry the need for the international community to shoulder its responsibility regarding the implementation of the two-state solution as the sole way for peace.

During his visit, Shoukry co-chaired the second joint committee of economic cooperation between Egypt and Slovenia at the level of foreign ministers.

 

 
Shared vision

 

Shoukry also met with Slovenia’s Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Tanja Fajon.

During this meeting, Fajon emphasized the shared vision between Egypt and Ljubljana on Gaza.

She affirmed the need for an immediate ceasefire, the release of captives held in the strip, unimpeded access to humanitarian aid, and the formulation of a peace plan based on the two-state solutions.

Fajon said Slovenia will provide all forms of support to Egypt at the European Union.

She also vowed to maintain close coordination between the two countries regarding regional and international issues during Slovenia’s non-permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council.

Economic partnership

 

In a meeting with the Minister of Economy, Tourism, and Sport Matjaž Han and representatives of major Slovenian companies, Shoukry highlighted Cairo's keenness on developing cooperation between both nations in the tourism sector.

The meeting explored opportunities for deepening cooperation and trade exchange between Egypt and Slovenia in various fields, including agriculture, energy, and artificial intelligence.

Egypt is Slovenia's most important trading partner in Africa,  according to the Slovenian embassy in Cairo,

Trade exchange between the two nations reached a record of 406 million euros in 2022.

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