The meeting with UN Secretary-General Guterres tackled latest developments in Libya, Yemen and GERD: FM Shoukry



Mon, 27 Sep 2021 - 11:23 GMT


Mon, 27 Sep 2021 - 11:23 GMT

CAIRO – 27 September 2021: Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that his meeting with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres tackled various regional and global issues including the developments in Libya, Yemen and Syria.

In statements to Sada el balad news channel, Shoukry added that he delivered Guterres president Abdel Fattal al Sisi appreciation for the continuous coordination with Egypt.

Both officials also discussed latest developments on Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam [GERD], especially after the UN Security Council statement, Shoukry added.

He noted in his statements that Egypt’s vision was presented at the United Nations General Assembly through the speech delivered by President Sisi.

Shoukry explained that the meeting with the UN Secretary-General had an understanding on Egypt's stance regarding the GERD and that the Security Council stressed the importance of reaching a binding solution on the issue of the dam.

Shoukry also said that the Ethiopian speech is all full of deception, lacks credibility and does not herald the existence of a political will to reach an agreement.

On Saturday, Shoukry meet with Guterres in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly’s (UNGA) 76th session.

During the meeting Shoukry affirmed the need for a legally-binding agreement on the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Shoukry congratulated the Secretary-General on the success of the opening of the 76th session of the UNGA, despite the circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic.

He also lauded the activities and deliberations witnessed during the UNGA, which focused on advancing global and multilateral working mechanisms and strengthening global peace and security.

Shoukry expressed Egypt's appreciation and support for the efforts made by the Secretary-General and the UN and its specialized agencies in preventing disputes, building peace and achieving development goals.

Shoukry also reiterated during the meeting Egypt's position regarding the GERD file and the need to reach a binding legal agreement on the operation and filling of the dam.

This should take place in a manner that takes into account the interests of all parties and as encouraged by the presidential statement issued by the Security Council in the middle of September, Shoukry said.

He also affirmed Egypt's aspiration for the continuous support of the Secretary-General and the United Nations to the efforts to achieve a GERD deal.

Shoukry reviewed with Guterres the national efforts made by Egypt in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals as well as Egypt's active involvement in the areas of promoting human rights.

This comes especially with Egypt's launch of the National Human Rights Strategy, as the country’s first integrated and long-term self-strategy in the field of human rights, Shoukry explained.

The meeting also reviewed regional files and issues and witnessed an exchange of views in this regard.

The meeting also agreed on the importance of continuing to work towards pushing forward all efforts that would resolve crises in order to achieve the desired stability.




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