Foreign Minister concludes his visit to Washington with meetings with members of the US Senate and House of Representatives, and heads to New York to meet with the new UN Secretary General
Counselor Ahmed Abu Zeid, Spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry stated that Sameh Shoukry the Foreign Minister concluded his visit to Washington on Tuesday, Dec. 6 with intensive meetings with a number of members of the House of Representatives and the US Senate, before heading to New York to meet with the new United Nations secretary-general, "Antonio Guterres ". On the Senate side, Shoukry met with Senator "Patrick Leahy" ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senator "Chris Koons" member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. on the House side, The Foreign Minister met with Rep. "Adam Smith" Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. "Darrell Issa" member of the house Foreign relations Committee, and Rep. "Brad Sherman," Ranking Member of the House Foreign relations Affairs Committee.
The spokesperson added that the Foreign Minister was keen to provide in all his meetings a comprehensive overview of the developments on the economic, social and political fronts in Egypt, and the various components of economic and social reform program, indicating that the current Egyptian government endorses and implements comprehensive change and reform on the economic, social and political levels. Shoukry highlighted that the transformation process has the support of the Egyptian citizens despite the high economic cost of the enforced reform measures, particularly with regard to the decision to reduce subsidies on fuel and the decision to float the Egyptian Pound.
Shoukry also stressed that the message he wishes to convey to the US Congress members during his visit is to highlight the strategic bilateral relations, and emphasize, to the various decision-making circles in Washington, and to the new Administration, the significance of US support to Egypt during this important stage, pointing out that Egypt is a key partner, the US can rely on, to support peace and stability in the Middle East.
The Foreign Ministry spokesperson indicated that the members of Congress were keen to inquire about the internal situation in Egypt, and Egypt's efforts in the fight against terrorism, as well as the developments in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Egypt's vision towards the Palestinian issue and how to encourage the parties to resume the peace talks. In this regard, the Foreign Minister presented the elements of Egypt's policies and vision towards these issues.
Minister Shoukry also discussed the US military and economic assistance programs to Egypt, where he stressed the importance to continue and further increase US support to Egypt, to meet the increasing challenges faced by the Egyptian army, both in relation to anti-terrorism efforts and to the promotion and support of stability and peace in the Middle East. Shoukry also indicated that the Egypt-US partnership is in the interest of the two nations and their people.
Counselor Abu Zeid concluded that the Foreign Minister arrived Tuesday night in New York City to hold an important meeting with the new secretary-general of the United Nations, "Antonio Guterres," where he will address the various issues on the agenda of the United Nations and the Security Council as well as the relationship between Egypt the international organization. Shoukry will also present Egypt's comprehensive vision for United Nations role in international peace and security, economic growth and development, and peace-building and counter-terrorism issues.