First round of political consultations between Egypt, Latvia kicks off in Cairo
Friday، 04 December 2020 - 10:27 AM
The first round of political consultations between Egypt and Latvia kicked off on Thursday 03/12/2020 at the Foreign Ministry premises under the chairmanship of Assistant Foreign Minister for European Affairs Badr Abdel Aati and Latvian Foreign Ministry's Political Director Jānis Mažeiks.
Addressing the meeting, Ambassador Abdel Aati asserted that Egypt was deeply interested in developing its relations with Latvia especially that Cairo was among the first Arab and African countries which recognized Latvia's independence from the former Soviet Union.
He said the visit of Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry to Latvia is the first of its kind, which gave a strong impetus to bilateral relations at the political and economic levels, especially regarding the enhancement of trade and investments.
The Egyptian diplomat also underlined the importance of developing relations with Latvia in various fields such as new and renewable energy, food industries, information technology, education, medicine, medical appliances, chemicals, tourism and environment.
The Egyptian side also reviewed available cooperation fields, especially in trade, investment and services, shedding light on the positive developments of the Egyptian economy and efforts exerted to lure in more investments.
The Latvian official, for his part, asserted his country's keenness on deepening relations with Egypt so as to reflect the distinguished political ties binding them.
He voiced hope over increasing the number of Latvian tourists to Egypt in the coming phase as well as exchanging official visits along with enhancing cooperation in the sectors of interest to both countries.
He was also keen on getting briefed on Egypt's vision regarding the situation in the Middle East and Africa region especially the situation in Libya and the negative impact of such crisis on the whole region.
Meanwhile, Egypt's Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs Sherif Eissa reviewed the situation in the African continent, especially the Horn of Africa region, along with the latest developments of Ethiopia Renaissance Dam and the need for reaching a just and comprehensive agreement on the filling and operation of the dam.
The two sides agreed on the necessity of holding periodical political consultations and the continuous contact between senior officials.
Assistant Foreign Minister for North and Central Europe Wael Hamed, Egyptian Ambassador in Sweden Alaa Hegazi and Minister Plenipotentiary of the American Sector Wael Lofti attended the consultation session.