Shoukry meets with Norwegian counterpart
Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry met on July 22 with the Foreign Minister of Norway, as they held official talks in the presence of both countries’ delegations.
According to the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, talks dealt with a number of regional issues of common interest, topped by the deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip given the continued Israeli military operations, with dozens of innocent Palestinians in the Gaza Strip being killed on a daily basis, and the importance of hastening implementation of the Egyptian initiative, as the only means to halt such operations and save the lives of the Palestinian people.
They also reviewed the outcome of the contacts and efforts exerted in order to reach an immediate ceasefire agreement in the framework of the initiative. For his part, the Norwegian Minister indicated his country's intention to host a donor conference to support the Palestinian people in the coming autumn.
The spokesman added that the two ministers addressed the latest developments in Iraq, as Minister Shoukry briefed his Norwegian counterpart on his recent visit there and the meetings he held with representatives of the different Iraqi political forces, stressing the importance of preserving Iraq's unity and territorial integrity. They also discussed the Syrian crisis, its recent developments and the current situation, while reviewing the terrorism question and the threat it poses to global security and stability. Furthermore, they addressed the situation in the African continent and possibilities for tripartite cooperation directed towards Africa.
The spokesman said that the talks also reviewed developments of bilateral relations between Egypt and Norway, as Norway's Foreign Minister referred to his country's decision to lift the travel ban imposed on its nationals to Sharm el-Sheikh in light of the improved security situation there, to the benefit of the touristic inflow to Egypt, and thus to the Egyptian economy.