18 September 2018 08:21 PM

Egypt, Italy FMs stress "deep & historical" ties

Sunday، 05 August 2018 - 03:26 PM

The foreign ministers of Egypt and Italy have stressed deep and historical relations between their countries.

Speaking in a press conference following their meeting on Sunday 5/8/5018, Egypt's Sameh Shoukry said this is the first visit by the Italian top diplomat to Egypt since 2015.

"We're working hard to overcome the challenge that has spilled over into bilateral relations," Shoukry said.

Italy is an important Mediterranean partner of Egypt, especially at the economic level, he noted.

He talked about common challenges, such as terrorism and illegal immigration, which entail enhanced cooperation between Cairo and Rome.

The meeting with visiting Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi took up new investment opportunities in Egypt, as well as efforts to increase Egyptian exports to Italy, Shoukry told reporters.

Shoukry said he discussed with Moavero the situation in Libya, with both stressing the need to act in line with a plan by the UN envoy to eliminate terrorism and enable state institutions to carry out their duties.

"We also discussed Palestinian developments and the two-state solution," Shoukry added, reiterating calls to establish an independent Palestinian state on the pre-1967 borders.

Figuring high in the meeting were also efforts exerted by Egypt, as a host and transit country, to curb an influx of illegal immigrants since September 2016.

He particularly touched upon efforts by the Egyptian Armed Forces to monitor the shores.

Speaking alongside Shoukry, Moavero praised Egypt's handling of the immigrants' problem.

He told reporters that this is his first visit to Egypt as foreign minister.

Moavero said the meeting with Shoukry also focused on cultural cooperation between their countries.

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