Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry participates in the 9th Session of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum at the Ministerial Level on Monday- press photo
CAIRO - 14 September 2020: Foreign Minister SamehShoukry confirmed, "We are monitoring actions, speeches, and statements, but if a speech is not compatible with policies, then it does not matter."
This came during a conference held on Sunday, with Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Manatsakanyan.
The Egyptian foreign minister’s statement came in response to a question about the remarks of Turkish President’s advisor YassinAktay regarding relations with Egypt and whether there are Egyptian conditions set for dialogue with Turkey.
"The policies that we see from a military presence on the Syrian, Iraqi, or Libyan lands and the existing tension in the eastern Mediterranean predict destabilizing expansion policies in the region. Consequently, these practices do not lead to dialogue nor the start of a new page for consultation. We need actions and policies that enhance stability and are consistent with the rules of international relations and international legitimacy, which are of interest to us at this stage," Shoukry stated.
Shoukry and his Armenian counterpart held talks in Cairo to discuss converging viewpoints between the two countries to bolster bilateral relations as well asregional and international developments of common interest.
Mnatsakanyan said the relations between his country and Egypt and the Arab world is one that is based on friendship.He extendedtheArmenian president's invitation to President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi to visit Armenia soon, praising Egypt’s role in supporting a free trade agreement between the two states and the European Union.
The Armenian foreign minister also stressed on the importance of respecting the sovereignty of states and working towards peace and stability in the East Mediterranean and North Africa, asserting that the same aim for peace is sought after in the South Caucasus region.
He also affirmed his country’s support to Cyprus and Greece for investments in economic zones amid an ongoing rift with Turkey.
Tensions in the region have escalated in the past months over Ankara's military intervention in war-torn Libya, its violation of Iraq's sovereignty, as well as Ankara's hunt for gas in the eastern Mediterranean in violation of the territorial waters of Greece and Cyprus, two close allies of Egypt.