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CAIRO, Sept 14, 2018 (MENA) - Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry returned home on Friday coming from Addis Ababa after attending meetings of the African Commission reform that was followed by a visit to Eritrea.

His visit to Asmara was meant to discuss means of boosting bilateral relations, said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ambassador Ahmed Abu Zeid.

Also, the Egyptian top diplomat carried a message from President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to his Eritrean counterpart Isaias Afwerki on pushing up bilateral relations in all domains, added the spokesman.

CAIRO, Aug 5, 2018 (MENA) - Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri will embark on a two-day visit to Washington on Monday for talks with his US counterpart Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton and meetings with leading US companies investing or desiring to invest in the Egyptian market.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said the minister will also attend a round-table dialogue with representatives of a number of influential US think tanks and give interviews to some American media outlets.

He noted that the visit falls within the framework of keenness on maintaining continued high-level contacts with the US Administration. It aims, he added, at fostering strategic bilateral relations and emphasising the importance of serving mutual interests on all fronts in addition to coordinating dates for the coming round of joint strategic dialogue and meetings under the 2+2 formula involving the two countries' foreign and defence ministers.

He also said that the top diplomat's meetings in Washington aim at exchanging views with the US side on a raft of regional and international issues and regional challenges and developments as well as efforts to support regional peace and stability.

Shoukri's talks with Pompeo will tackle the wide spectrum of bilateral relations, including US economic, development and military assistance to Egypt, the progress achieved in Egypt's socio-economic development reforms and terrorism-combat efforts, Abu Zeid said.

The minister's meeting with Bolton, his first since the latter assumed office in April, will focus on means to propel bilateral relations and the current conditions in the Middle East region plus some international issues of mutual interest, the spokesman added.

Gazette Staff

BERLIN, July 4, 2018 - Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri and his German counterpart Heiko Maas reviewed Egypt's anti-terrorism efforts, illegal migration, democratic transformation, human rights as well as the developments of Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam file, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said yesterday.

The two foreign ministers met in Berlin on Tuesday. During the meeting, Foreign Minister Shoukri said that Egypt supported development programmes in the Nile Basin countries. It believes that the River Nile should be a reason for cooperation and achieving joint gains for all Nile Basin countries, Abu Zeid said.

Shoukri said that Egypt was only demanding that its water security was not harmed as the Egyptian people depended on the River Nile as their only source of water, the spokesman said.

The Egyptian foreign minister also congratulated his German counterpart during the meeting on taking office and invited him to visit Egypt in the coming months.

FM Shoukri also congratulated his German counterpart on winning the non-permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council for the years 2019-2020. He expressed his appreciation of the relations between the two countries.

The Egyptian Foreign Minister also said that he is looking forward to a quality leap in various fields of cooperation. He also highlighted a host of steps that have recently been taken for boosting bilateral relations, the spokesman said.

These steps include, at the foremost, the introduction of an additional protocol to legalise the conditions of German institutions operating in Egypt, putting into effect the German government-owned development bank KFW and the June 7 signing of an agreement to establish two offices at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Cairo.

The Foreign Minister said that he is looking forward to resuming the holding of a joint committee under the chairmanship of the foreign ministers of both countries which is the main institutional framework for bilateral relations.

FM Shoukri also called on the German side to cancel the ban by German airlines on flights to Sinai in the light of the stable security conditions in South Sinai and the strengthening of security measures at all Egyptian airports.The ban was issued in August 2017 and was extended until June 28, 2018.

The German Foreign Minister said that Egypt was\a special partner for Germany. He praised the ongoing economic developments which Germany was closely following. He said that German companies were keen on increasing their investments in Egypt, pointing out that he was looking forward to visiting Egypt soon.

During a breakfast meeting on Wednesday with Norbert Röttgen, the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the German Bundestag, Shoukri also called for encouragement to German companies to invest in Egypt.

Shoukri said the volume of German investments in Egypt was not commensurate with the deeply-rooted ties between the two countries as well as the economic leverage of Germany as the largest European economy.

Shoukri called for intensifying consultations with Germany on regional and international issues as Germany won a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council in 2019-2020.

Shoukri briefed Röttgen on regional conditions as well as Egypt's economic and social development plan, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said.

Shoukri also apprised the German official of the measures adopted by Egypt within the framework of the economic reform programme to encourage foreign direct investments, especially enacting new investment-friendly legislation.

He also reviewed counter-terrorism efforts, citing the operation in Sinai.

Röttgen expressed deep appreciation of Egypt's historical role, considering Egypt as the cornerstone of regional stability.

Röttgen asked Shoukri to expound Egypt's vision on the Libyan and Syrian crises as well as the Palestinian-Israeli peace process.

Shoukri said Egypt's vision focuses on the importance of seeking political solutions to the Syrian and Libyan crises through getting the feuding parties to sit at the negotiating table away from what he termed "negative" foreign interference.

Staff report:

CAIRO, July 2, 2018 - Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri is due to fly to Berlin today, starting a  European tour that will also take him to Austria, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said.

The tour aims to follow up the progress of bilateral relations with each of Germany and Austria as well as ways of enhancing ties with them in various fields, Spokesman Abu Zeid, adding that Minister Shoukri's talks in Vienna would  cover coordination with Egypt's European partners in the light of  Austria's taking over of the presidency of the European Union Council as of July  1.

Shoukri's visit to Berlin would last for two days during which he would hold quite a number of meetings with German government officials and Bundestag members.

The meetings in Berlin reflect the large momentum that Egyptian-German relations are gaining in various sectors, especially with the growth of economic, investment and trade co-operation, Spokesman Abu Zeid said.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman also noted that the considerable development in relations between Egypt and Germany points to the close mutual understanding between the leaderships of the two countries and the coordination and consultation between the two countries with regard to the developments on the Middle East, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

NOUAKCHOTT, June 29, 2018 - Egypt renews its support for any efforts aiming at ending the Libyan crisis and urges all the parties concerned to get behind such attempt in order to stabilize the national Libyan institutions without any foreign interference in the domestic affairs of the North African country, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri said on Friday.

Minister Shoukri made the statement during his talks with his Libyan counterpart Mohamed Taher Siala, who visiting the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott to attend the African Union's Executive Council session.

Minister Shoukri said that it was imperative for the Libyan people to run their own affairs without any interference from any foreign power.

While stressing the pivotal role of the United Nations to put an end to the Libyan crisis, Minster Shoukri emphasized that it was quite necessary to adopt a Libyan-Libyan solution to the on-going conflict in the North African country, an Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a statement from the Mauritanian capital. 

Minister Shoukri said that the Egyptian role in helping find a political solution to the Libyan crisis was based on sponsoring the continuous dialogues among the Libyan sides, adding that such reconciliation talks would help stabilize the Libyan national institutions so that they could assume their duties, Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said.  

Mr. Abu Zaid said that Minister Shoukri’s talks with Minister Siala focused on the latest developments in Libya as well as the outcome of the a conference meeting that was held in Paris recently on the Libyan crisis.

During the conference, rival Libyan factions agreed on Tuesday on a declaration that would create a political framework to pave the way for UN-backed elections in December to end the country’s seven-year-old conflict.

 

Later on, Minister Shoukri held a flurry of meetings with his Ugandan and Tanzanian opposite numbers that focuses of a host of African issues of mutual concern as well as the means of enhancing co-operation ties between Egypt and their countries, Mr. Abu Zeid said.

CAIRO, June 26 (MENA) - Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will head on Wednesday for the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott to participate in the 33rd ordinary session of the African Union Executive Council on June 28-29.

The session will be held in preparation for the 31st AU summit on July 1-2, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.

Ahmed Abu Zeid said Egypt's participation in the preparatory meetings and the African summit falls within the framework of its interest in African issues, especially as Egypt will chair the AU in January 2019.

The meetings will focus on financial and institutional reform of the African Union as well as the progress achieved so far in the African Continental Free Trade Area.

The talks will also deal with means of combatting corruption alongside the 2019-2021 AU budget.

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