Shoukry Meets Kenyan Parliament Speaker
Minister Sameh Shoukry met on January 12, 2015 with the Kenyan Parliament’s Speaker, Justin Muturi, as they discussed means to further promote bilateral relations in all fields and stressed the importance of benefiting from the strong historical ties that link together their two brotherly countries and peoples in order to boost their relations towards wider horizons.
The Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson, Dr. Badr Abdelatty, said Shoukry reviewed the ongoing preparations for the parliamentary elections in the country, which reflect implementing the third and final phase of Egypt’s roadmap. Minister Shoukry also discussed cooperation between theNile Basin countries on a win-win basis without harming any party’s interests, while emphasizing that Egypt expects that its African brothers will not damage Egypt's water interests, a matter of life and death for about 90 million Egyptians who have no water source other than the Nile River. Shoukry also reviewed the aid provided by Egypt via the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development, in health, agriculture and irrigation sectors and in training and capacity-building, noting the importance of strengthening cooperation for combating terrorism and eradicating the terrorist groups in the African and Arab countries, as they all adopt the same extremist ideology and seek to achieve the same goals of harming security, stability and development throughout the world.
Abdelatty added that, for his part, the Parliament’s Speaker stressed the historical fraternal ties bonding Egypt and Kenya. He hailed the positive developments in Egypt and expressed the importance of consolidating joint cooperation in counter-terrorism, and the desire to endorse parliamentary cooperation and mutual visits between the two countries as soon as the Egyptian parliament is elected. He also stressed the importance of relations between the African peoples that require sharing water resources as a principle among the Nile Basin countries, as well as preserving our brotherly countries’ water interests, besides discussing means to strengthen cooperation and consultation in the Great Lakes region.