Egyptian and Saudi FMs discuss a number of regional issues on the sidelines of the League of Arab States Ministerial Council in Cairo
Wednesday، 12 September 2018 - 10:27 AM
On September 11, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met his Saudi counterpart Adel Al-Jubeir, on the sidelines of the League of Arab States Ministerial Council meetings.
Official MFA Spokesperson Ambassador Ahmed Abou Zeid mentioned that FM Shoukry opened the meeting by expressing the interest Egypt pertains to the steadfast and brotherly relations uniting it with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as, expressing Cairo’s appreciation of the current level of coordination and cooperation between the two countries. A number of existing bilateral cooperation portfolios were reviewed, in addition to exploring new prospects of joint cooperation.
With regards to consultation about regional issues, FM Shoukry emphasized the importance of coordination between the two countries in the face of the dangers encompassing the region; at the forefront of which are foreign interferences in Arab affairs, the exacerbation of the terrorism and extremist thought phenomena; especially, working on draining the funding sources of terrorist organizations and dealing with regional parties supporting them.
Consultations between the two ministers included developments in Syria; particularly, in Idlib. The two sides agreed on the importance of expediting the political solution with serious negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations and expediting the formation of the constitutional committee so that it may start exercising its functions. In this context, the Foreign Minister emphasized focusing all efforts on meeting the aspirations of the brotherly people of Syria and alleviating the suffering resulting from on-ground developments.
Abou Zeid added that the two ministers asserted their countries’ commitment to supporting stability efforts in Yemen; at the forefront of which are related UN efforts according to the three main references; the Gulf initiative, national dialogue outcomes, and Security Council resolutions including Resolution No. 2216. In addition, they surveyed means to enable legitimate institutions in the country to undertake their responsibilities and perform their functions, and thus alleviating the suffering of the brotherly people of Yemen.
On another hand, Abou Zeid revealed that the meeting addressed positive developments in the Horn of Africa. The two ministers expressed their comfort with the historical breakthrough witnessed in relations between a number of the region’s countries. This will undoubtedly be reflected positively to the state of peace and security in the region. And it will allow for finding more development and investment opportunities that would contribute to achieving well-fare of the people of the region.
On the international front, Abou Zeid noted that the two ministers exchanged views on a number of international issues of mutual interest; particularly, coordinating and uniting positions in international forums, which coincides with Egypt’s chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China this year.
For his part, Minister Al-Jubeir said that his country is proud of its historical relations with Egypt. He expressed his country’s interest in coordinating and consulting with Cairo on Arab and regional issues, which reinforces the Arab security system. Al-Jubeir further emphasized that the two countries’ national security is linked.