US Secretary of State Blinken meets Egyptian counterpart to debate bilateral and strategic relations

LONDON: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday met Egyptian International Minister Sameh Shoukry, who was visiting Washington to mark the centennial of diplomatic relations between the 2 international locations.

“There may be a variety of historical past however, I hope, a variety of good historical past we are able to truly make collectively within the months and years forward,” Blinken mentioned throughout a joint press convention earlier than their assembly.

The 2 males reviewed numerous points of bilateral and strategic relations, mentioned a lot of worldwide and regional points, and affirmed the significance of continued consultations and joint coordination, the Egyptian International Ministry mentioned.



Blinken mentioned he final sat down with Shoukry a couple of weeks in the past in Israel’s Negev area throughout a gathering with their counterparts from Israel, the UAE, Bahrain and Morocco.

The gathering was, Blinken mentioned, “an image that might have been exhausting to think about only a few years in the past, besides that, truly, Egypt would have imagined it. As a result of Egypt was, many, a few years in the past, the ground-breaker in establishing its relationship with Israel and, in so some ways since then, has been on the coronary heart of stability within the area, working for peace, working for safety, and doing so in strategic partnership with the USA, one thing that we deeply worth and deeply admire.”

Shoukry mentioned that the strategic partnership that has existed between Egypt and the US for greater than 4 a long time “has been mutually useful and I imagine there’s rather more work for each of us to do to additional strengthen the connection, and in addition to take care of the varied challenges that I imagine we are able to solely meet via the persevering with of our cooperation and our interplay.”



He added that one of many goals of his go to to Washington is to focus on the significance that Egypt attaches “to the multifaceted and really deep relationship” it has with the US, and his nation is dedicated to engaged on strengthening the connection and discovering new areas of cooperation.

Following the assembly, the US State Division mentioned the 2 sides mentioned regional stability and safety cooperation, the following steps to construct off the profitable Negev Ministerial.

Ahmed Hafez, a spokesman for the Egyptian International Ministry, mentioned that whereas in Washington, Shoukry and the US envoy to Iran, Robert Malley, met for talks on the present scenario within the Center East.

Shoukry additionally met representatives of the US Chamber of Commerce, Hafez mentioned, to debate financial and commerce relations between the 2 international locations, the great improvement increase Egypt is experiencing, and the participation of American companies in sustainable improvement efforts in Egypt, particularly within the clear and renewable vitality sectors. Additionally they talked about COP27, the UN Local weather Change Convention that’s scheduled to happen in Sharm El-Sheikh in November, and the significance of the function of the non-public sector in addressing challenges related to local weather change.




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