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CAIRO, Sept 10, 2018 (MENA) - Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will head on Tuesday to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to participate in the ministerial meetings on reforming the African Union Commission slated for September 12-13, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid.

The get-together targets probing means of reforming the AU Commission and carrying out administrative and financial revision to the work of the commission in 2016/2017, the spokesman reiterated.

CAIRO, July 27, 2018 (MENA) - Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry expressed his heartfelt condolences to his Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias over the victims of Greek forest fires that erupted at the vicinity of Mati and Ravina resorts eastern Athens leaving 81 persons dead and at least 187 others injured.

This came during a phone conversation that Shoukry held on Friday with Kotzias .

Shoukry asserted that the Egyptian government and people are standing by Greece in this ordeal, extending deep condolences to the families of the victims, wishing the injured a speedy recovery, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement.

 

 

 

 

TRIPOLI, July 23, 2018 (News Wires) — French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrived in Libya today to push a Paris deal which paves the way for elections in the war-torn country.

Le Drian met the head of Libya’s UN-backed government, Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, in the capital Tripoli ahead of a series of talks with various political actors.

Speaking Sunday in neighbouring Tunisia, France’s top diplomat said the visit was aimed at “making a success of the process which was approved during the Paris meeting”.

The May 29 Paris talks brought together rival Libyan leaders for the first time, including Sarraj and military strongman Khalifa Haftar whose self-styled Libyan National Army dominates the country’s east.

They agreed to work towards holding parliamentary and presidential elections by December 10, with the Le Drian’s visit aimed at maintaining pressure on Libyan leaders to prepare for polls.

“It’s necessary to continue to push along with those who are already in the process, to widen it to (include) others” in Libya, an aide to the foreign minister said.

The Paris agreement included a September 16 deadline to come up with an electoral law, forming the “constitutional base” for a vote later in the year.

Numerous observers view the timetable as overly ambitious, given ongoing instability with territorial disputes across the country and a flagging economy despite great oil wealth.

More than seven years since dictator Moamer Kadhafi was ousted, Libya remains divided with rival administrations in Tripoli and eastern Tobruk.

Aguila Saleh Issa, the parliament speaker based in Tobruk, and Khalid al-Mishri, head of the High Council of State in Tripoli, also attended the Paris meeting and agreed to support elections.

 

CAIRO, July 12, 2018 (MENA) - Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri attended a meeting of the mini-international group on Syria that took place in Belgium early Thursday.

The top diplomats of Britain, the US, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Jordan attended the meeting, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said.

Egypt was invited for the first time to the group's meeting in appreciation of the efforts it is exerting to support the political settlement in Syria, Abu Zeid said.

Egypt also has opened communication channels with all Syrian parties involved in the stalemate, he said, citing Egypt's role in unifying the Syrian opposition factions and resuming political negotiations.

The talks tackled means of pushing forward the political settlement and the importance of releasing a call by United Nations envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura to hold the first meeting of the constitution-wording committee as a first step for resuming talks, which were suspended six months ago.

During the meeting, Shoukri reviewed Egypt's efforts to push forward a settlement of the Syrian crisis.

He underlined the importance of a swift political solution to the crisis, expounding that this solution should maintain the unity of the Syrian lands and prevent foreign interference. 

Shoukri highlighted the importance of maintaining the fight against Daesh to deprive the group of the chance to find safe havens in the region, especially in North Africa or the Sahel and Sahara.

CAIRO, July 9, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, currently in China to attend the 8th  ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum  met Monday the Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan.

The Chinese official congratulated President Abdel Fattah El Sisi for winning a new presidential term, noting that Egypt managed to realise stability, Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said.

He underlined China’s keenness on buttressing Egypt’s efforts to achieve development, referring to the historical ties binding the two states and continued coordination vis-à-vis regional and international issues of mutual concern.

Wang noted that the two countries cooperate in various domains under the “Road and Belt” initiative.

The presidents of the two countries are expected to hold meetings in several events due to be held in the coming period, Wang said.

Wang underscored his country’s interest in promoting ties with Arab and African states, noting that Egypt is the locomotive of the African and Arab worlds.

Meanwhile, Shoukri highlighted the pivotal role played by Chinese companies in bolstering Egypt’s development efforts, especially implementing mammoth national projects.

He noted that Egypt works on removing any obstacles facing Chinese investments, voicing hope to boost Egyptian exports to China as well as Chinese tourism in Egypt.

Abu Zeid noted that the talks also tackled bilateral cooperation in countering terrorism as well as the latest developments in negotiations of the Ethiopian dam.

The talks also addressed ongoing efforts to revive the Palestinian-Israeli parleys alongside the conditions in Libya, Yemen and Syria.

CAIRO, July 7, 2018 (MENA) - Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will head on Saturday night to Beijing on a two-day visit to China, during which he will participate in the eighth Ministerial Meeting of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum that will be held on July 10, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said.

During his visit, the foreign minister will hold key meetings with China’s Vice President Wang Qishan and another with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, the spokesman noted.

Following the talks, Shoukry is set to take part in the Ministerial Meeting of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum which will tackle activating the Arab-Chinese relations in various domains, mainly the economic one.

The forum will also take up several regional issues of mutual concern, according to Abu Zeid.

The Egyptian-Chinese relations gain special importance in light of the historical ties binding both countries, Abu Zeid said, adding that Egypt was the first Arab and African country to establish diplomatic relations with China in 1956.

During the visit, Shoukry is scheduled to hold meetings with a number of his Arab counterparts who are participating in the forum.

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