Egypt working with Turkey to achieve regional security, stability: Shoukry

MENA , Ahram Online , Saturday 20 Apr 2024

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry said Saturday that Egypt is working with Turkey towards achieving regional security and stability, hailing the recent increase in trade between the two countries.

Sameh Shoukry
A file photo of Egypt s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (Photo:AFP)


Shoukry made his remarks during a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Hakan Fidan in Istanbul.

He expressed gratitude for the warm welcome as well as the recent increase in the number of bilateral meetings and visits at the direction of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

These talks have focused on developing bilateral political, economic, cultural and security cooperation, the top Egyptian diplomat said.

During Erdogan’s meeting with El-Sisi in Cairo in February, they agreed to increase trade between the two countries to at least $15 billion, Shoukry added.

Fidan pointed out that during this meeting a joint declaration was signed to re-establish a high-level strategic cooperation council, adding that President El-Sisi will visit Turkey when the council meets.

The ministers discussed preparations for the council’s meeting, with Shoukry noting that they would outline a legal framework for the agreements beforehand.

Turkish investments in Egypt reach approximately $3 billion and the volume of trade between the two countries currently stands at about $8 billion.

Regional issues

Tackling regional and international issues is a top priority for Egypt and Turkey, chief among which is the devastating war in the Gaza strip that has killed more than 33,000 Palestinians, Shoukry said.

Reaching a ceasefire, ensuring the delivery of humanitarian aid, and tackling the continued displacement of the Palestinians are matters that require serious handling, he added.

There must be a political path toward establishing a Palestinian state on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, the Egyptian FM asserted.

Shoukry said that talks with his Turkish counterpart also tackled the situation in Libya, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, and Somalia, including the need for joint action to solve these problems and achieve stability.

"There is no conflict of interests between Egypt and Turkey, [instead they are complementary and can have a positive impact on] solving current issues and achieving the interests of each country, without harming the other side," Shoukry said, expressing hope for continuing such coordination and interaction between the two sides.

Fidan, for his part, said Egypt is playing an important role in delivering humanitarian and relief assistance to the Gaza Strip.

He said Cairo and Ankara have been regularly working since the onset of the crisis, adding the two sides are in constant consultations.

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