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Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Tanzanian counterpart Augustine Mahiga headed on January 10th the third session of the Joint Ministerial Committee between Egypt and Tanzania. Meetings at the senior officials’ level started on January 8th and 9th, 2018. The Committee addressed bilateral cooperation and regional issues of mutual interest.
The Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Counselor Ahmed Abu Zeid said Shoukry welcomed at the beginning of the meeting the Tanzanian Foreign Minister and his accompanying delegation, which also included the Minister of State, President's Office of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, Hon. Issa Haji Ussi (Gavu). Egyptian Foreign Minister affirmed that the convening of the Committee took place in light of the successful visit held by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Tanzania in August 2017, which encompassed fruitful talks with the Tanzanian President, stressing Egypt’s aspiration to receive the Tanzanian President at the earliest convenience.
Abu Zeid added that Minister Shoukry also expressed Egypt’s keenness to increase trade exchange between the two countries, so as to reflect the deep political and historical relations between the two sides. Further, he stressed the desire of Egyptian companies to increase their investments in Tanzania in the fields of petrochemicals, meat processing, agriculture and energy, in addition to anticorruption cooperation. He referred in this context to the role of the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development affiliated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Egyptian Nile Basin Development Initiative in capacity-building and expertise transfer to trainees from the sisterly State of Tanzania.
The two Ministers held a political consultations session prior to the launch of the Joint Committee, during which they tackled a number of regional issues of common interest, such as the results of the recent round of GERD negotiations and the recent visit of Minister Shoukry to Ethiopia, as well as the situation in South Sudan, the Great Lakes region, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. On the other hand, Foreign Minister expressed condolences to his Counterpart for the death of 14 Tanzanian elements of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) recently, praising Tanzanian sacrifices in support of peace and stability in the Continent. The meeting also discussed the main issues on the agenda of the upcoming African Summit scheduled this month.
At the end of the Joint Committee, the two sides signed three MOUs in the fields of diplomatic training, tourism and agriculture.