Shoukry meets with the new US National Security Adviser
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sameh Shoukry, met on February 27 in Washington, with the new US National Security Adviser, Lt. General H. R. McMaster, who took office last week succeeding to Michael Flynn.
The Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Counselor Ahmed Abu Zeid, stated that Minister Shoukry felicitated the US official on taking office, and expressed that he aspires to cooperate with him in the next stage in supporting and promoting the Egyptian-American relations, thereby reflecting their specific and strategic features, and emphasizing the importance of achieving the common interests of both countries during the coming period, especially in light of President Donald Trump Administration.
Spokesperson added that Shoukry reviewed overall developments of the economic, social and political situation in Egypt, and addressed the elements of the economic and social reform program. He also stressed that the transformation process experienced by the Egyptian society gained the support of the Egyptian citizens, while noting the need for the Egyptian experience to succeed in order to provide support elements for peace and stability in the Middle East steeped in turmoil.
Abu Zeid explained that McMaster was keen to listen to the briefing by Foreign Minister on Egypt's counter-terrorism efforts, as well as the Egyptian government's vision vis-à-vis regional developments, particularly the situation in Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, in addition to the Palestinian question and means to urge the Palestinian and Israeli parties to resume the peace process.
McMaster affirmed that the new US Administration is keen to push forward the bilateral cooperation between the United States and Egypt in the different fields in the coming phase and promote it towards wider horizons, so as to reflect the specificity and importance of the relationship between the two countries. He also noted that the US Administration is looking forward to coordinating and consulting with the Egyptian side in order to determine common priorities and means to protect both sides' interests.