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Intensive talks for Shoukry with the leaders in the US House of Representatives and the Senate on the second day of his visit to Washington


12/04/2016

Counselor Ahmed Abu Zeid Spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry stated that the Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry held, on the second day of his visit to Washington, intensive talks with leaders of the US Congress in both chambers where he met with Senator, "Orrin Hatch,"  President pro tempore of the United States Senate, Rep. "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen" Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives, Rep. "Michael McCaul," chairman of the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee and Rep. "Kay Granger," chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.Abu Zeid noted that Minister Shoukry provided the Congress members with a detailed overview of the economic, political and social developments in Egypt, as well as the various elements of the adopted economic and social reform program, as it displays Egypt's serious and steady strides towards addressing the structural inequalities that characterized the Egyptian economy for long decades.

Shoukry also pointed out that Egypt is moving forward to tackle the problems and find radical solutions in its path towards overcoming the current economic bottleneck.The Spokesperson added that Shoukry also briefed the members about Egypt's assessment of the situation in the Middle East, particularly with regard to Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and counter- terrorism efforts, pointing out that Egypt will always remain a partner, the United States can depend on in promoting stability, supporting peace and enforcing sustainable solutions to the crises in the region. The Foreign Minister also outlined Egypt's efforts to bring Palestinians and Israelis back to the negotiating table, and its support for the current regional and international initiatives to achieve this goal. Abu Zeid also noted that Minister Shoukry presented a comprehensive overview of the nature of the security threats facing Egypt and its efforts to combat terrorism in Sinai, reiterating the importance of continued US support to Egypt in its fight against terrorism as well as the importance of the US military assistance program, which helps enforcing stability and peace in the Middle East as well as confronting and eliminating the phenomenon of terrorism.

The talks also tackled the path of bilateral relations, as congress members shared their understanding of the strategic relations, expressing their aspiration that the relations witness greater cooperation under President Trump Administration and deeper understanding of the nature of the challenges facing the Egyptian society, hoping for more US support to assist Egypt in dealing with the current economic and security challenges.Concluding his statement, the spokesperson noted that the democratic transition has been at the heart of the discussions, particularly the role of non- governmental organization and the legal framework under which they operate. Members of Congress expressed aspiration for Egypt to take further steps in this area, in order to enable these organizations to play its role in supporting economic and social development programs. Shoukry in turn stressed on Egypt's full commitment to supporting the efforts of civil society and encourage it to play its role in support of Egypt's developmental programs. Additionally, Shoukry underscored the importance of recognizing the circumstances surrounding the work of non-governmental organizations in Egypt in recent years and the defects that implied the need for rectification, highlighting the government's commitment to the constitution and respect of human rights' principles.

 


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