Shoukry discusses with Erdogan preparation for Sisi’s upcoming visit to Turkey

Ahram Online , Saturday 20 Apr 2024

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry discussed President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s upcoming visit to Turkey in his meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his visit to Istanbul on Saturday, the Egyptian Foreign Minister said.

Sameh Shoukry
Egypt s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan during their meeting on Saturday 20 April, 2024. Photo courtesy of Egyptian Foreign ministry.


According to the ministry, Shoukry noted that this visit is part of the preparations for President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's upcoming visit to Turkey for the inaugural meeting of the High-Level Strategic Council between the two countries.

During the meeting, Erdogan and Shoukry exchanged views on several regional and international issues, including the escalating crisis in Gaza and its severe humanitarian repercussions.

They stressed the necessity of achieving an immediate and permanent ceasefire and allowing unhindered humanitarian aid access, and reiterated the warning against any military operation in the Palestinian Rafah.

They also underscored the importance of continued coordination and joint action between Cairo and Ankara to prevent the conflict from spreading in the region.

Shoukry praised Turkey's humanitarian aid to Palestine, which has been provided in cooperation with Egypt.

He emphasized the importance of cooperation to achieve Palestinian reconciliation, resume the peace process, and ultimately establish a viable Palestinian state living peacefully in the region with its capital in East Jerusalem.

Shoukry and Erdogan emphasized the importance of coordinating their efforts in Libya to implement international resolutions aimed at resolving the crisis.

They also exchanged views on Syria, with Shoukry reaffirming Egypt's steadfast position on the necessity of reaching a political settlement under Resolution 2254 to ensure Syria's sovereignty, security, and stability.

Shoukry also discussed Egypt's efforts to restore stability in Sudan, avoiding the state's collapse and ensuring coordination with all regional and international initiatives to resolve the crisis.

The situation in the African Horn and the developments regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and Somalia were among the issues discussed.

He also emphasized Egypt's commitment to enhancing trade between the two countries from nearly $7 billion to $15 billion. Furthermore, he highlighted the importance of enhancing Turkish investments in Egypt.

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