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Shoukry addresses the 13th Annual forum organized by the Brookings Institute’s "Saban Center for Middle East Policy"


12/04/2016

Shoukry: Egypt supports orderly change that achieves the aspirations of millions of young people in the Middle East and maintains the integrity and stability of national institutions
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During his current visit to Washington, Sameh Shoukry, the Foreign Minister,
delivered a Keynote address on “Egypt in the Middle East" at the 13th Annual forum organized by the Brookings Institute’s "Saban Center for Middle East Policy". The forum was attended by distinguished Middle East officials and  Shoukry is the first Egyptian Minister to ever participate in this forum.

Counselor Ahmed Abu Zeid, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the Foreign Minister shared Egypt’s perspective on the key questions and the guiding principles that govern Egypt’s foreign policy towards the troubled Middle East. In this regard, Minister Shoukry stated that the waves of change that swept the region in 2011, meant to change an unacceptable reality that lasted for decades, highlighting that some nations rushed to support rapid and abrupt change resulting in unrest in the Middle East. Egypt, on the contrary, chose to adopt an approach that supports systematic change that achieves the aspirations of millions of young people in the Middle East and maintains the integrity and stability of state institutions, especially as the experience of the past five years showed that the weakening of these institutions created a political and social vacuum and empowered sectarian and terrorist militias, as is the case in Syria, Libya, Iraq and Yemen. He added that Egypt after the two revolutions of January and June 30 was able to regain its regional stature and achieve the desired change through the most ambitious political and economic reform program in its modern history without jeopardizing the unity of the State and its institutions.

The Foreign Ministry spokesperson stated that Shoukry outlined Egypt's policy  regarding the Syrian crisis, where he explained that the Egyptian
vision for the way forward in Syria is based on two pillars: The first is to preserve the national unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian state and to prevent the collapse of its institutions and the second is to support the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people in rebuilding their own state, through an acceptable political solution that represents them all, and furnishes an enabling environment for reconstruction efforts. On the Libyan matter, Shoukry reiterated Egypt's commitment to support the implementation of Sukhairat agreement, and to encourage the Presidency Council to fulfill its duty to present a new, more inclusive and representative government of national accord. Additionally, Shoukry stressed that the Palestinians cannot, and should not, be denied their right to an independent nation-state, shedding lights on President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi's Initiative to endorse any future negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis.

According to Abu Zeid, Shoukry concluded his speech by affirming Egypt's keenness to cooperate with the new US administration in order to address the many challenges in the region, particularly in view of the shared common views between the two sides, emphasizing that there is need to revive the Egyptian-US strategic partnership in order to work together in order to resolve the region's crises.


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