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Political, Economic and Local Headlines (5-5-2015)
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Shoukry, UN envoy in Palestine meeting
. (Middle East News Agency)
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with envoy for the UN Secretary General for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolai Mladenov, yesterday to discuss developments in the Palestinian issue.
During the meeting, the pair particularly discussed developments in the Gaza Strip.
Shoukry is looking to find ways to push through a revival in the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, in accordance with recognized international terms of reference.
The meeting comes as Egypt is looking into candidacy for the North Africa non-permanent UN Security Council seat for 2016-2017. Shoukry had
previously given assurances
that Egypt has Arab support since the Arab League’s ministerial meetings in March 2013. He also mentioned that Egypt has gained African support in the matter, garnered during the African summit in January 2015.
Shoukry stressed Egypt’s principled position that the Palestinian issue remains the core of the Middle East conflict. He added that there must be a just, lasting and comprehensive solution leading to the establishment of an independent, sovereign state with East Jerusalem as its capital, in a manner which achieve stability in the region.
Al-Sisi, Shoukry to meet German Foreign Minister
. (Associated Press)
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrived in Egypt yesterday to meet President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.
The three will discuss ways to enhance bilateral cooperation and regional and international issues of mutual concern.
In comments made a day prior to his two-day Cairo visit, Steinmeier said: “Egypt has a fundamental responsibility on the road of stability in the Middle East.”
Steinmeier added that close consultations with Egypt are “indispensible” in the search for solutions for the deep crises in the region, notably in Libya, Syria and Yemen.
The situations in Libya, Syria and Yemen, among other Arab nations, have seen marked deterioration since the Arab uprisings swept the region.
He added that Egypt needs to deal with the “terrorist threats”, and to attend to the social and economic needs of young people.
Since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, Egypt has witnessed a rising insurgency and increase in militant groups targeting security facilities and personnel. The highest frequency of insurgency is seen in Egypt’s North Sinai, followed by Greater Cairo and other governorates.
Shoukry, Steinmeier discuss regional issues. (Euronews)
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier today morning to discuss regional issues, including Libya, Yemen, Syria and bilateral relations between Egypt and Germany.
The meeting was set to take place on Sunday evening, but was postponed to Monday morning, with Steinmeier also scheduled to meet President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.
The Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a statement Monday that the duo discussed in detail the situation in the Middle East and the importance of intensifying bilateral and regional efforts to eliminate “terrorism”.
Shoukry said Egypt reiterated its warning in dealing with “terrorism and terrorist organisations in Libya”. This comes alongside the need to push for a political solution, especially after the killings of 20 Coptic Egyptians last February by “Islamic State” affiliates in Libya.
Sudan’s Al-Bashir invites Egyptian President to inauguration ceremony
. (All Africa)
Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti extended an invitation from Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to attend his inauguration ceremony.
’s Al-Bashir was re-elected on Monday after wining 94% of the vote.
During the meeting, Al-Sisi stressed the importance of pushing the relations between the two countries in all fields, and on both the official and popular levels, according to a Saturday Foreign Ministry statement.
The Sudanese minister pointed to the opening of the “Qustul – Occhett” land crossing between Egypt and Sudan, which had been run on a trial basis last August, noting that the opening of this crossing is a sign of the ability of the two countries to overcome all obstacles for the development of bilateral cooperation.
Al-Sisi highlighted the vital importance of the crossing to revive trade between the two countries.
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