Egypt's FM visits Washington for stronger ties, regional issues

Source:Xinhua Published: 2016/11/30 9:49:24

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry headed to Washington on Tuesday to hold talks with his US counterpart John Kerry on bilateral relations and several regional issues, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"The visit will aim at strengthening the Egypt-US relations and stress the importance of achieving the Egypt-US common interests, particularly during the coming period as the US transitions to the new administration," Egyptian Foreign Ministry's spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said in the statement.

Abu Zeid said the foreign minister's visit will include meetings with senior US congressmen and diplomats during which discussions will focus on bilateral relations in the coming phase as well as exchange views on the developments in the Middle East.

"Shoukry will also discuss Egypt's assessment of the events in Syria, Libya as well as the Palestinian issue and the efforts to combat terrorism," said the spokesperson's statement.

The statement added that Shoukry will conclude his visit in New York where he will meet with new United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Gutierrez to address a number of regional and international issues.

The United States brokered a 1979 peace treaty between its number one Middle East ally Israel and Egypt, and accordingly the big power has been annually sending 1.3 billion dollars in military aid to the most populous Arab country.

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