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Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with the Senior Advisor to the President of the United States (US), Jared Kushner, on November 5th in Washington, D.C., to discuss ways to boost the distinguished relations between Egypt and the US towards broader horizons, and support bilateral cooperation mechanisms in various fields, in line with the strategic nature of the relationship between the two countries, thus contributing to enhancing and bolstering it so as to achieve their common interests.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Counselor Ahmed Hafez stated that during the meeting, Minister Shoukry reiterated the strong and deeply-rooted strategic ties binding Egypt and the US, and the importance Egypt attaches to continuing coordination and consultation between the two countries on ways to consolidate peace and stability in the Middle East, especially under the state of instability and the multiple crises plaguing the region.
Hafez added that the meeting also tackled a number of regional issues of common interest, topped by the Palestinian cause, as Minister Shoukry reviewed Egypt’s efforts to resume the Palestinian reconciliation process, and maintaining calm in the Gaza Strip, while seeking to alleviate the suffering and improve living conditions in the Strip. In the same context, Shoukry expressed Egypt's support for all endeavors aimed at reaching a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian question and push forward efforts to revive the peace process between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, in accordance with the international legitimacy resolutions and the two-state solution, in order to contribute to the security and stability of the Middle East, and the well-being of the region’s peoples.
Moreover, Shoukry and Kushner addressed ways to find peaceful solutions to the conflicts in the region, particularly in Libya and Syria, as Foreign Minister stressed the need to put an end to Turkey's sabotaging role in the region and ending its illegal occupation of parts of northern Syria.
The Spokesperson concluded his remarks by noting that the two parties discussed at length the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam file. On his part, Shoukry outlined the Egyptian continuous efforts over the past five years to reach a just agreement that achieves Egyptian, Sudanese and Ethiopian interests, and the reasons behind the stalled negotiations due to the lack of responsiveness of the Ethiopian side. He also expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the US initiative to host a meeting of Foreign Ministers of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, with the participation of the World Bank in Washington tomorrow, November 6th.