Foreign Minister receives Chairs of committees on affairs related to foreign policy action at the House of Representatives
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received on Thursday, December 22, 2016, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives, Dr. Ahmed Saeed, the Chairman of the Committee on Defense and National Security, Maj. Gen. Kamal Amer, the Chairman of the Arab Affairs Committee, Maj. Gen. Saad al-Gammal, and the Chairman of the African Affairs Committee, Moustafa El Guindy, MP.
The Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Counselor Ahmed Abu Zeid, stated that the Foreign Minister and the chairs of the House of Representatives committees had a comprehensive and thorough dialogue about the different aspects of the Egyptian foreign policy in which they dealt with the various determinants and objectives of Egypt's foreign policy and the efforts exerted by the Egyptian diplomacy in asserting Egypt's rising status on the regional and international arenas. Shoukry reaffirmed the fundamentals of Egypt's foreign policy that are based on respecting the principles of dealing between States, and its leading and pivotal role in establishing the foundations of security and stability in the Middle East and Africa. Foreign Minister also stressed Egypt's genuine commitment to promoting its close, deep and brotherly ties with Arab countries, highlighting that Egypt’s belonging to the Arab nation and culture will always be a key component of its foreign policy.
The Spokesperson added that Minister Shoukry affirmed that the troubled regional situation requires concerted efforts in the face of mounting challenges , topped by the rising tide of terrorism that expands day after day. Shoukry indicated in this context Egypt's counter terrorism efforts at the regional and international levels, taking into consideration its chairmanship of the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee, noting that Egypt, with its civilisation, cultural heritage and judicious policy, will continue to portray to the world a pioneering model of moderation and openness, as well as rejection of hatred and violence.
Abu Zeid said the regional crises accounted for a large part of the meeting, as the Foreign Minister was keen to respond to the MPs enquiries about the situation in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and the Palestinian question. Shoukry stressed the high priority Egypt attaches to alleviating the Syrian people’s suffering and allowing for the passage of humanitarian aid to Allepo, in addition to Egypt's support for the resumption of negotiations under the United Nations auspices in order to reach a settlement to the crisis. He also reviewed the Egyptian endeavours aim at bringing together the warring Libyan factions in order to reach a consensus based on the Skhirat agreement, so as to maintain the cohesion of the Libyan State and its national institutions. Shoukry also tackled Egypt's stance towards the ongoing developments in Yemen, emphasizing our commitment to supporting all efforts aiming to reach a political settlement to the crisis.
The Spokesperson also indicated that Shoukry stressed during the meeting the importance of the African aspect in the Egyptian foreign policy and Egypt’s inherent affiliation to its African continent. The Foreign Minister underscored Egypt's eagerness to push forward the relations with all countries of the continent in all fields, to enhance security and stability, and to reach a settlement to the existing conflicts in Africa, taking into consideration Egypt's current membership of the African Union Peace and Security Council. The Minister listened to valuable suggestions and ideas from the MPs on means to boost Egypt's foreign relations, especially with African countries. Shoukry also noted the specificity of the relationship between Egypt and its brothers in the Nile Basin countries, which is premised on geography and history, and on a legacy of civilization and cultural common denominators, while indicating the high priority Egypt accords to cooperation with these countries, in order to develop the Nile river resources, and strengthen trade and economic relations.