Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (Reuters)
Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry called for a quick release of Egyptian fishermen detained in Eritrea during a phone call on Wednesday with his Eritrean counterpart Osman Saleh.
The fishermen have been detained for illegal fishing in the Eritrean territorial waters, a practice that the Egyptian Ministry of Emigration has warned against.
This comes two weeks after relatives of more than 70 fishermen in the northern governorate of Dakahlia have reported their detention in each of Saudi Arabia and Eritrea, according to media reports.
Saudi Arabia released the Egyptian fishing boat it had seized, with 35 Egyptian fishermen on board.
During the phone call with Saleh, Shoukry affirmed Egypt’s keenness that the fishermen be freed as soon as possible within the framework of the good relations between Egypt and Eritrea, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Shoukry also followed up on the safety of the detained fishermen and the good treatment they receive.
According to the Wednesday statement, the consular sector at the Egyptian Foreign Ministry convened to discuss the measures and guidelines required to prevent similar incidents in the future, the statement added.
Many fishermen have also been seized also in Tunisia over illegally fishing in the Tunisian territorial waters.