Egypt, Serbia agree to develop economic, social and cultural ties

Ahram Online , Tuesday 20 Oct 2020

Egypt's Foreign Minister Shoukry voiced his appreciation for Belgrade's move in to resume tourist flights to Egypt

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry

Egypt and Serbia have agreed on preserving the cooperative relations between Cairo and Belgrade with the aim of strengthening economic, social and cultural ties to live up to the level of political relations between both countries, a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry said.

The statement was released following a phone call on Monday, between the Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic, where the pair discussed a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern.

Shoukry expressed his appreciation for the Serbian decision of resuming tourism flights to Egypt in August, highlighting the efforts exerted by Cairo to guarantee the safety of tourists arriving in the country.

In July, under a host of anti-coronavirus safety measures, Egypt resumed regular international flights at all its airports after a four-month hiatus due to the pandemic.

During the call, Dacic reviewed the latest development concerning the recent US-brokered economic normalisation agreement between Serbia and Kosovo, underscoring the importance of putting the agreement into practice in the interests of political and economic stability in the Balkans region.

Last month, both Balkan countries reached the breakthrough agreement after decades of war and failed negotiations.

The Egyptian and Serbian ministers also touched upon the latest developments in the Middle East, as well as Egypt's vision to settle current crises and restore stability and prosperity within the region.

Speaking on the Palestinian cause, both ministers agreed on the importance of reaching a peaceful solution and sustainable settlement that preserve the Palestinian people's rights in accordance to the International legitimacy decisions.

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