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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Counselor Ahmed Abu Zeid stated that on the sidelines of his participation in the extraordinary ministerial meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC), Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met on January 31, 2018 with the Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide.
Shoukry started the meeting by congratulating his Norwegian counterpart on taking office as Norway’s Foreign Minister last October, and expressed his aspiration to work closely with her during the coming period, so as to contribute to the expansion of cooperation areas between Egypt and Norway at the bilateral level, as well as coordination between them in the International forums.
Abu Zeid added that the two Ministers exchanged views on the current difficult situation facing the Palestinian question with the absence of a prospect for a just political solution to the question, in light of Norway's important historical role in facilitating the negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, which culminated in the Oslo Accord in 1993, and the urgent necessity to provide a strong impetus to reviving the negotiations track between the two sides. In this regard, the Norwegian Minister expressed her country's appreciation for Egypt's patronage of the efforts to achieve the Palestinian national reconciliation, and to address the economic and humanitarian challenges in the Gaza Strip, as well as its role in settling regional disputes in general. She also valued the continuous Egyptian counter-terrorism efforts with will and determination to eradicate such scourge, which constitutes nowadays a threat to the entire civilized world.
For his part, Shoukry reviewed Egypt's assessment of the current situation and the responsibility of the international community in order to preserve the terms of reference related to resolving the Palestinian question in accordance with the UN resolutions. Further, he stressed that the two-state solution and the establishment of the independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital should remain the governing framework and the established reference for all the international efforts aimed at realizing the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people.
In this context, the two Ministers reviewed means to rally international efforts to urge the Palestinian and Israeli parties to resume negotiations, attract international resources to implement developmental and humanitarian projects in the occupied Palestinian territories, and empower the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to fulfill its humanitarian and developmental mission in favor of the Palestinian people.