Egypt, South Africa FMs discuss developments in Middle East

Ahram Online , Saturday 20 Apr 2024

Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry discussed on Friday with his South African counterpart Naledi Pandor the latest regional developments amid rising tensions in the Middle East and the ongoing Israeli war on Gaza.

Egyptian Foreign Minister meets with his South African counterpart Naledi Pandor in the South African capital Pretoria, 19 April 2024. Photo: Egyptian Foreign Ministry


The meeting came within the framework of the Joint Committee between Egypt and South Africa, held in the South African capital Pretoria, during which both ministers reviewed issues of mutual concern.

During the meeting, Shoukry reiterated Egypt's categorical rejection of any military operation in the Palestinian city of Rafah, given its serious humanitarian consequences.

In addition, Shoukry emphasized the importance of an immediate and permanent ceasefire and unhindered humanitarian aid access in the Gaza Strip.

He also expressed regret over the United Nations Security Council's failure to adopt a resolution enabling Palestine's full UN membership.

In this regard, Egypt's top diplomat praised South Africa's firm stance supporting the Palestinian cause and the two-state solution.

The meeting also touched on the UN Security Council reform, stressing their countries' commitment to Africa's unified position, and emphasizing the ongoing coordination between Egypt and South Africa on these issues.

Shoukry also emphasized Egypt's aspiration for an active role within BRICS, aiming to collaborate closely with South Africa to address common challenges through joint action.

According to the foreign ministry, Shoukry and his South African counterpart also discussed efforts to ensure stability in the Horn of Africa.

Both sides further exchanged views regarding the crisis in Libya, Sudan, and the Russian-Ukrainian war, in addition to the latest developments in the Red Sea, stressing their serious consequences for international navigation security.

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