Egyptian, UAE FMs reaffirm rejection of regional interference in Arab countries

Ahram Online , Thursday 5 Mar 2020

The meeting discussed the rapid developments taking place in the region, especially in Libya and Syria

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Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (R) and his Emirati counterpart Anwar Gargash (L), March 5, 2019, Cairo, Egypt (Photo: Egypt's foreign ministry)

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Emirati counterpart Anwar Gargash stressed their rejection of regional interference in Arab countries' affairs during talks in Cairo on Thursday, Egypt's foreign ministry said in a statement.

During the meeting, the two leaders discussed strategic bilateral ties and regional issues including the situation in Libya and Syria.

The ministers stressed their “rejection of all forms of regional intervention in the Arab countries' affairs,” as well as the importance of “not allowing these interventions to affect the security and stability of the region,” the statement said.

Shoukry expressed Egypt's "steadfast stance on supporting the security and stability of Arab Gulf states as an integral part of the Egyptian and Arab national security."

Egypt, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have all voiced their rejection of the Turkish intervention in Libya after Turkey began sending forces to the North African country in January to support the national government based in the capital Tripoli.

Egypt and the UAE support an eastern-based rival government allied to military commander Khalifa Haftar.

The ministry said Thursday's meeting also tackled the outcome of an Arab League ministerial meeting in Cairo, which discussed the dispute between Ethiopia and Egypt over a giant dam Addis Ababa is building on the Nile river.

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