Egyptian, Qatari FM co-chair joint higher committee meeting in Doha

Ahram Online , Saturday 2 Mar 2024

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani co-chaired on Saturday the fifth meeting of the Egyptian-Qatari joint higher committee in Doha.

Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and his Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, co-chair the Egyptian-Qatari joint higher committee's 5th meeting in the Qatari capital Doha, 2 March 2024. Photo: Egyptian Foreign Ministry


According to the Egyptian foreign ministry, the meeting was attended by Minister of Trade and Industry Ahmed Samir and Minister of Social Solidarity Nevine El-Qabbaj.

During the meeting, Shoukry emphasised the significant opportunities for political, economic, commercial, security, and technical cooperation.

Both ministers agreed that convening the committee at this particular time enables effective cooperation to defend the rights and interests of Arab peoples and ensure the security and stability of the region.

For his part, the Qatari FM affirmed the committee's pivotal role in elevating bilateral cooperation.

Agreements signed

Ministers and officials from both countries signed memoranda of understanding and cooperation programmes.

This includes MoUs in the fields of international humanitarian law, investment (between Egypt's General Authority for Investments and Qatar's Investment Promotion Agency), and diplomatic training and exchange of expertise (between Egypt's Institute for Diplomatic Studies and Qatar's Diplomatic Institute.)

Furthermore, they signed agreements on executive programmes on social solidarity, youth and sports for the years 2024-2026, and the fourth executive programme on education and scientific research.

Regional coordination

Early Saturday, Shoukry and his Qatari counterpart met to review regional coordination efforts.

The meeting touched on the latest developments in the region, most notably the Israeli war on Gaza, in addition to the crises in Lebanon, Syria, Sudan, and the GERD.

They also discussed the developments in the Red Sea and the threats to navigation security, stressing the need to avoid the expansion of the conflict in the region.

Egypt's top diplomat will fly on Sunday to Riyadh to participate in a political consultative meeting between Egypt and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

The meeting will tackle means of strengthening coordination and consultation at the political and economic levels, as well as means to develop and enhance areas of cooperation between the two sides.

It will also feature discussions on a host of regional issues.

On Friday, Shoukry kicked off a Gulf tour that includes Qatar and Saudi Arabia, following his participation in the Antalya Diplomacy Forum (ADF) 2024 in Turkey.

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