Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (Photo: Reuters)
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has denied the presence of any “impurities” in Egypt’s relations with Kuwait and described some past “violations” on social media as “isolated” and do not reflect the truth of Egyptian-Kuwaiti relations.
In remarks to the director of the Kuwait office of Egyptian state-run news agency MENA, Shoukry said that the relations between the political leaderships of the two countries are “strong and special.”
Shoukry is in Kuwait for a three-day official visit, carrying a message from President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.
Shoukry met on Sunday with Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, and Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmad Al-Nasser Al-Sabah.
“The violations that took place were no more than isolated incidents, which is [normal given] the nature of the world we live in now… in light of social media and the individuals’ ability to spread [ideas] that do not express the reality of strong and firm relations,” Shoukry said, without mentioning any specific violations.
Shoukry affirmed that the governments of both countries are working to effectively and seriously tackle these violations.
He also affirmed the importance of spotting these violationsso they cannot be used by some parties to drive a wedge between the two countries.
The Egyptian minister referred to the continuous coordination by officials and the embassies of both countries to face any attempt to affect the historic bilateral relations and to work on enhancing these relations.
Concerning the failure to reach a binding agreement on filling and operating the massive Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which Egypt fears could badly affect its water share, Shoukry said that Kuwait has backed Egypt’s right to water security as part of Arab national security.
He affirmed that the Kuwaiti leadership has always backed the Egyptian stance, which sought to persuade Ethiopian partners of the need to reach an agreement in this regard, which would preserve the water security of both Egypt and Sudan.
Shoukry also affirmed mutual keenness to open Egyptian-Kuwaiti airspace, noting that they will both work on resuming direct flights between them in accordance with their mutual vision and the precautionary measures to avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Egypt and Kuwait share strong historic relations on the economic, social and political levels.
Kuwait is host to hundreds of thousands of Egyptian expatriates who have worked in the oil-rich country for decades.
In October, the Egyptian Ministry of Manpower announced it was relieving one of its officials from his post after he made offensive remarks on social media regarding the new Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Nawaf.
The ministry said in a statement that it also referred the official to be investigated by a high-level legal committee and suspended him pending the investigation.