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Foreign Minister receives his Spanish Counterpart


Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry received, on Tuesday Morning, 20 December 2016, the Foreign Minister of Spain, Alfonso Dastis, who is currently visiting Egypt, within the framework of his participation in the Ministerial meeting between the Arab countries and the EU.  The Spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, Counselor Ahmed Abu Zeid stated that Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry congratulated his Spanish counterpart on the occasion of assuming his post and briefed him about the developments in Egypt, during the last period, regarding the completion of building democratic institutions and the economic reform program adopted by the Egyptian government. Shoukry also assured Egypt's keenness on maintaining its special relations with Spain and Egypt's aspiration for the Spanish support within the framework of the EU, in light of the challenges currently facing Egypt, topped by economic challenges and combating terrorism. 

Counselor Ahmed Abu Zeid added that the Spanish minister was keen on listening to the Egyptian point of view towards the significant regional issues, topped by Syria, Libya, Iraq and Yemen and also the efforts of reviving the peace process between the Israeli and Palestinian sides. The Spanish minister also praised the Egyptian stances aiming to achieve security and stability in the region, highlighting his endeavours to promote bilateral relations in all fields, in the coming period and his aspiration for Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry's visit to Barcelona at the earliest convenience to attend the Union for the Mediterranean meetings to enhance bilateral cooperation, in the framework of the Mediterranean. 

On the other part, Abu Zeid pointed out that the talks tackled the path of bilateral relations, as the two ministers affirmed that all the elements are available to develop and enhance bilateral cooperation in all fields, particularly in the shadow of the historical ties between the two countries, in addition to their participation in the Mediterranean framework, in which the participating countries have similar cultural and civilizational characteristics and face common challenges, requiring cooperation and coordination, in order to face them.