Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shokry and European Union Envoy to the Middle East Peace Process Sven Koopmans in Cairo, Egypt on February 7, 2023. Press Photo
CAIRO – 7 February 2023: Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shokry met Tuesday with European Union Envoy to the Middle East Peace Process Sven Koopmans in Cairo conferring over the continuous escalation of violence on the Palestinian and Israeli scenes.
The Egyptian foreign minister warned that the situation might get of out of control, which would have repercussions on regional security and stability, and undermine the two-state solution.
The ministry's press statement indicated that Shokry underscored Egypt's stance on accomplishing pacification, and call on Israel to halt any unilateral measures that would fuel anger among the Palestinian people.
On that front, the minister stipulated the pivotal role international partners, mainly the European Union, could assume to put an end to the current tensions as well as violations and attacks against Palestinians. That is in addition to encouraging parties to resume negotiations.
In turn, Koopmans affirmed the European Union's keenness on consulting and coordinating with Egypt on developments on Palestinian territories, and ways to persuade the Israeli and Palestinian parties to revive negotiations through creative proposals.
The minister and the European Union Envoy to the Middle East Peace Process exchanged views in that regard and discussed possible moves in the near future, agreeing to continue collaboration in the coming period. Shokry also displayed the progress made in the reconstruction of Gaza Strip, and Egypt's efforts to break the violence cycle.