Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry held a session of talks in Riyadh on Monday with his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah bin Faisal Al Saud - Press Photo Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry held a session of talks in Riyadh on Monday with his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah bin Faisal Al Saud - Press Photo

Egypt, Saudi FMs discuss joint cooperation in Riyadh

Mon, Jan. 6, 2020
CAIRO - 6 January 2020: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry held a session of talks in Riyadh on Monday with his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah bin Faisal Al Saud on the sidelines of a ministerial meeting of the Arab and African countries in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden regions.

On his Twitter account, the Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said that the two ministers discussed bilateral cooperation and the rapid developments in the region.

The meeting fell within the framework of constant cooperation and coordination between Egypt and Saudi Arabia regarding regional issues of mutual concern.



It is scheduled to address the file of the Libyan crisis during the meetings of foreign ministers of Arab and African countries.

In the same context, Shoukry had talks with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi on means of boosting bilateral cooperation and facing current regional challenges to realize security, stability and development for the peoples of the area.

The talks that were held in Riyadh fell within the framework of continuing cooperation and coordination between Egypt and the Jordanian kingdom and their keenness on exchanging views over regional issues of mutual interest.

The meeting covered fostering relations in line with directions by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and King Abdullah II of Jordan.

Shoukry headed to Saudi Arabia on Sunday Jan. 5 to attend a ministerial meeting of Arab and African countries overlooking the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

On January 2, 2020, the Turkish Parliament voted for Erdogan’s proposal to send Turkish troops to Libya after signing two deals in February 2019 on drawing maritime borders in the Mediterranean Sea- one of the largest natural gas resources in the region- and on enhancing military cooperation.

The deals provoked anger in Egypt, Cyprus and Greece that voiced their rejection of the deals as they contradict with the international agreements. “Egypt affirms that such memoranda possess no legal effect, as they cannot be recognized in light of the fact that Article 8 of the Sukhirat Political Agreement on Libya, widely accepted by Libyans, defines the competences conferred to the Council of Ministers, expressly stipulating that the Council of Ministers as an entity – and not the president of the council alone – has the power to conclude international agreements,” the Egyptian Foreign Ministry earlier said in a statement.

Shoukry conducted a number of phone calls with his counterparts on January 2, 2020, namely the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Greece and Cyprus, as well as the Emirati minister of state for foreign affairs, to discuss this dangerous escalation by the Turkish side

The Libyan Parliament held Saturday an emergency session, in which it voted on a bundle of decisions, including the rejection of the deals inked between the GNA and Turkey.

The parliament voted unanimously on authorizing General Commander of the Libyan National Army Khalifa Haftar to disable airports, ports, and land gates that are controlled by the militias.

The parliament further agreed to address the UN Security Council, the League of Arab States, the African Union, the European Union and other international organizations to withdraw the recognition of the GNA.
 
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