Shoukry Meets with his Saudi Counterpart on the Sidelines of the Six-Partite Arab Committee meetings in Jordan

Shoukry Meets with his Saudi Counterpart on the Sidelines of the Six-Partite Arab Committee meetings in Jordan

Saturday 6 January 2018
12:00 AM
Source : office of the spokesperson

 Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met on January 6th with the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir on the sidelines of his participation in the meetings of the six-partite Arab Committee on Jerusalem in Amman.

      Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Counselor Ahmed Abu Zeid, said the meeting takes place as part of the continuous communication and consultation between the two sides on the latest developments on the Arab and regional arenas. As well, the meeting aims to discuss means to enhance coordination and Arab solidarity to confront the various challenges facing the Arab national security.

      During the meeting, Shoukry discussed developments in the Arab region and the Horn of Africa, as well as the Red Sea security as being an integral part of the Arab national security. Discussions reflected a common understanding of the nature of the challenges facing the region, and convergent views in terms of ways to counter all forms of foreign intervention in Arab countries’ affairs. The two Ministers stressed the crucial importance of bolstering coordination and solidarity between their countries in addressing such challenges, and adopting common positions that would safeguard the interests of the two brotherly peoples, the Arab national security, and the region’s stability in general.
 
       Abu Zeid added that the meeting also tackled developments of the Palestinian Question, as both sides agreed on the importance of preserving the historical and legal status of the City of Jerusalem in accordance with the relevant international resolutions. In this context, they held discussions on the six-partite Arab Committee meeting, and the determinants of an Arab action in the coming period to defend the status of the City as one of the issues that will be determined through the final-status negotiations. Further, they outlined the importance to push ahead with efforts to revive the peace process and achieve a just and comprehensive settlement for the Palestinian Question.
 
      The meeting also addressed developments of the situation in Yemen, Syria and Libya. For his part, Shoukry reviewed the results of his recent meeting in Cairo with the members of the Presidential Office of the Syrian High Negotiations Committee. The Minister also hailed the Saudi-Egyptian joint efforts in forming a unified and organized Syrian opposition negotiations delegation in the Riyadh II meeting. In this regard, he underscored the centrality of the political solution in accordance with the relevant international terms of reference, most notably UNSCR 2254 and the Geneva decisions.

      Finally, the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson noted that the Foreign Minister was keen to arrange this bilateral meeting, in light of his consultations with the UAE Foreign Minister in Abu Dhabi last week regarding the successive developments in the region, especially the threats emanated from the increased forms of external presence and interference in areas adjacent to the spheres of the three countries’ national security, and the overall Arab national security in general.