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CAIRO – 13 December 2018: An agreement to establish an entity for the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden countries was reached on Wednesday, Dec. 12 by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia.
The agreement aims to boost stability and increase investment opportunities in the above mentioned countries.
This came during the Consultative Ministerial Meeting of the African and Arab States bordering the Red Sea in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in which Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shourky participated.
In a press conference, Ahmed Hafez, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, referred that the meeting aimed to discuss ways of promoting cooperation between the African and Arab countries bordering the Red Sea.
Hafez pointed out that Egypt hosted the first Consultative Ministerial Meeting of the African and Arab States bordering the Red Sea on December 11 and 12, 2017, and will host the next meeting to resume discussions.
He added that Shoukry stressed the importance of promoting cooperation and economic integration among the countries bordering the Red Sea on the political, economic and cultural levels.
In December 2017, Egypt launched an initiative to establish a framework of cooperation between the Arab and African countries bordering the Red Sea to face different challenges they may encounter.
Foreign Minister Shoukry stressed that the Red Sea countries have not reached the required level of coordination to face challenges.
He pointed out that the countries have recently exerted efforts to combat piracy in the Horn of Africa, warning “we should consider the foreign agendas as well as the political and security turmoil in the region, including the Yemeni crisis, which affect the economic conditions of the Red Sea countries.”
He noted that Egypt is among the top countries combating terrorism with its participation in the Arab alliance. The Egyptian Navy contributes to ensuring maritime security and preventing arms trafficking in accordance with the international resolutions.