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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.

CAIRO, July 3, 2018 (MENA) - Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri left here for Berlin, Germany, on Tuesday starting a European tour that also includes Austria.

The tour aims at following up with relations between Egypt and each of Germany and Austria and probing ways to enhance them in all domains, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said.

The minister will meet during his two-day visit to Germany with a number of officials including the head of the Egyptian-German Friendship Group at the Bundestag and give interviews to the German media, he said.

He will also meet with his German counterpart and the ministers of transport and economic cooperation, he said.

As for his visit to Austria, Shoukri is expected to meet with Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the Austrian Foreign minister Karin Kneissl for talks on bilateral relations in the political, economic and cultural domains, he added.

Shoukri's visit to Austria is important in terms of coordination with European forums especially with Austria's current leadership of the EU, he pointed out.

CAIRO, May 28, 2018 (MENA) - Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri greeted Al Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed el Tayyeb on the anniversary of the establishment of Al Azhar Mosque that falls on the 7th of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

In a greeting cable to El Tayyeb, Shoukry said the Foreign Ministry cherishes the role of Al Azhar Al Sharif in promoting soft power in Egypt.

"We have closely followed up Al Azhar Grand Imam's tour of Southeast Asia and its successful outcome," he said.

He renewed the Foreign Ministry's paramount interest in consolidating cooperation and coordination with Al Azhar in all that could support Al-Azhar's message in disseminating the moderate teaching of Islam that denounces violence, extremism and terrorism. 

CAIRO, May 7, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Ugandan counterpart Sam Kutesa started on Monday political consultations at El Tahrir Palace.

The talks focused on boosting cooperation between Egypt and Uganda in the various domains, as well as a host of issues of mutual interest.

They also mulled strengthening cooperation among the 11 Nile Basin countries; namely Egypt, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan and Sudan.

Following the talks, the two ministers will hold a joint press conference.

The closing session of the Egyptian-Ugandan committee talks, under the co-chairmanship of the two foreign ministers, will be held at the headquarters of the Foreign Ministry following the two ministers' talks.

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