We coordinate with Gulf countries to stop terrorism Support: Egypt FM



Thu, 15 Jun 2017 - 12:58 GMT


Thu, 15 Jun 2017 - 12:58 GMT

Sameh Shoukry - File photo

Sameh Shoukry - File photo

CAIRO – 15 June 2017: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that there is coordination with Gulf countries who are involved in the cutting of diplomatic ties with Qatar, he said in an interview with ON Live on Wednesday. Shoukry also described U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent comments on Qatar positive.

Shoukry emphasized the importance of continuing the coordination in order to ensure future measures help end the funding and support of terrorism and terrorist organizations.

“The relations between the two countries are important and we have to interact positively with the policies shaped by the new administration” Shoukry said about the Egyptian American relations.

Shoukry added that Egypt is working on strengthening internal economic reforms, its vision towards terrorism and bringing back stability to the region, supporting citizenship concepts opposite to sectarianism and armed conflicts that conquered the region, “which will enhance our relationship with the U.S. which is based on mutual respect and maintaining common interests.”

Shoukry said in the interview that Egypt also seeks to boost relations with Sudan; especially with strong ties existing between people of the two countries, confirming that Egypt is keen on maintaining positive and strong relations based on mutual respect and exploring new fields of cooperation with all neighboring countries.

“We can’t deny that there were some tensions in our relationship with Sudan, but the president’s replies about this issue were clear,” Shoukry said. “The last official visits between Egypt and Sudan prove that we are concerned with solving any crises or tensions that could be created.”

The minister also spoke about Egypt’s participation in Africa conference that was held on the sidelines of G20 summit. Shoukry said that the conference was held to express to G20 countries African concerns on how to bring more investments to African countries and enhancing their economic position.

Shoukry said that President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi clarified in the African summit that funding different projects in Africa achieves common interests. It will maintain development and increase African resources; on the other hand it gives best returns on investment which means more job opportunities.

Concerning mutual relations between Egypt and Berlin, the foreign minister said that the president held wide talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel, the German minister of foreign affairs and those who are involved in German investments in Egypt.

“The talks referred to the updates in the region, showing that Berlin trusts Egypt’s vision confronting terrorism” Shoukry said.

Sisi attended a summit in Berlin on Monday that addressed cooperation between G20 and African countries, state news agency MENA reported.

The two-day conference, titled Investing in a Common Future, focused on creating future opportunities for African youth in the light of growing populations in the continent.



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