Egypt's FM Sameh Shoukry during his visit to Lebanon
CAIRO - 7 April 2020: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that Egypt is keen on supporting Lebanon and its stability, added that his current visit comes at directives by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to offer all support for Lebanon to get out of its current crisis.
Shoukry's remarks came earlier on Wednesday with senior Lebanese officials and leaders. He was greeted at the airport by his Lebanese counterpart Cherbel Wahbe and Egypt's Ambassador to Lebanon Yasser Elwi.
Shoukry met during the visit with President Michel Aoun, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Maronite Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros al-Raie along with other Lebanese leaders and officials.Shoukry will also meet with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri. He will hold a press conference before leaving.
Shoukry discussed with Lebanese Parliament Speaker the latest developments in Lebanon, Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ahmed Hafez said on Twitter.
After his talks with Lebanese President Michel Aoun earlier in the day, Shoukry said his visit to Lebanon comes according to a mandate from President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, who attaches great importance to Lebanon and its stability and is keen that it overcomes the crises it encounters.
In this regard, Shoukry said President Sisi has directed the State to exert all possible efforts within the framework of communication with all Lebanese political components to help Beirut get out of its current crisis.
During his previous visit to Lebanon about eight months ago in the wake of the Beirut port blast, support was provided for Lebanon at the regional and international levels in the hope that the Middle Eastern country would be able to address political challenges or those associated with the coronavirus pandemic and its repercussions on the Lebanese people, Shoukry said.
Unfortunately after eight months now, there is still a state of a political deadlock in the country, and efforts are still made to form a government of specialist ministers who shall be capable of meeting the Lebanese people’s needs and achieving the country’s stability, the top Egyptian diplomat added.
On that score, the foreign minister asserted that the stability of Lebanon is important to Egypt and the entire Middle East region; in light of the current deep connection between Cairo and Beirut whether at the political or popular levels.
Shoukry added that he would conduct meetings with Lebanon’s various political components to convey a message of solidarity from Egypt and assert that all forms of support shall be offered to help Lebanon get out of its current crisis and form a new government.
He also emphasized that Egypt would spare no effort to continue supporting Lebanon at such a critical stage.