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Egypt foreign minister to tour Gulf in push for political solution

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will embark on a Gulf tour and “will affirm Egypt’s firm position on the need to preserve Arab unity,” the ministry statement said. (AFP)
CAIRO: Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Saturday dispatched his foreign minister for talks with Arab nations over the regional crisis triggered by the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri, the ministry said.
Al-Hariri’s resignation has plunged Lebanon into crisis, heightening regional tensions.
Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will tour Jordan, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia for bilateral talks, but also to discuss regional developments with a message from El-Sisi, the ministry statement said.
“The foreign minister’s tour comes in the framework of permanent consultations between Egypt and Arab brothers on mutual relations and the conditions in the region, especially in the shadow of developments in Lebanon’s political arena,” it said.
A Foreign Ministry spokesman said the minister will confirm Egypt’s position on the need for Arab solidarity and to avoid negative fallout on regional security.
Shoukry “will affirm Egypt’s firm position on the need to preserve Arab unity,” the ministry statement said.
He will also “affirm Egypt’s policy... that pushes for political solutions to crises and the need to spare the region any more turmoil and polarization.”
El-Sisi told a press conference on Thursday that Egypt fully supported Gulf countries, whose security he called a “red line.”
But he also urged caution. “I am not for war. We have had our experience with war,” he said.
“The region faces enough turmoil already. We should approach (the tensions) extremely cautiously,” he added.

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