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Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry headed to Vienna, Austria, on October 13, 2019, at the beginning of a tour that will also include Eastern Europe, whereby he is scheduled to visit Croatia, Lithuania and Latvia in order to enhance ties and in the framework of Egypt's keenness to explore new horizons of cooperation with additional international partners.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Counselor Ahmed Hafez stated that Minister Shoukry is scheduled to give a lecture at the Foreign Policy and United Nations Association of Austria (UNA-Austria) on Egypt's foreign policy, at the invitation of the former Federal Chancellor of Austria Wolfgang Schüssel, to be attended by senior Austrian officials from both the Chancellery, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Austrian Parliament, as well as the directors of international organizations in Vienna.
Afterwards, Shoukry will head to the Croatian capital of Zagreb, where he will meet with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, as well as Prime Minister Andrej Plenković. The Foreign Minister will also hold political consultations with his Croatian counterpart, Gordan Grlić Radman, to discuss bilateral and regional issues of common interest.
Regarding his visit to Lithuania, the Minister of Foreign Affairs is scheduled to head the Egyptian delegation in the Egypt-Lithuania Joint Commission with the participation of the Egyptian Ministries of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Trade and Industry, Investment and International Cooperation, and Communications and Information Technology. A cooperation agreement will be signed in the field of agriculture, and the commission is set to explore various fields of cooperation between the two countries in a number of areas of common interest. Moreover, Minister Shoukry will hold bilateral meetings with the Chancellor of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania Algirdas Stončaitis, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, and Presidential Chief Adviser for Foreign Affairs, Asta Skaisgirytė, as well as members of the Foreign and European Affairs Committees of the Lithuanian Parliament.
Shoukry will conclude his tour to Eastern Europe with a visit to Latvia, where he will hold bilateral talks with the President of the Republic of Latvia Egils Levits, Speaker of Parliament Ināra Mūrniece, and Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, to discuss bilateral relations and issues of concern to both sides.