CAIRO: On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry discussed bilateral relations and regional issues with his American counterpart and the US envoy to Yemen.
Shoukry discussed with Secretary of State Antony Blinken various aspects of bilateral relations, as well as regional and international developments of mutual interest.
The spokesman for Egypt’s Foreign Ministry said during the meeting, the importance of the two countries’ strategic partnership was emphasized as a fundamental pillar of security and stability in the Middle East.
Shoukry and Blinken exchanged views on regional issues, particularly Libya, Syria, Palestine, Yemen and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
They also discussed ongoing preparations for holding the UN Climate Change Conference, and ways to mitigate the negative repercussions of the Russia-Ukraine conflict on food security.
Blinken said before the meeting that he was “truly pleased for this opportunity” to meet with Shoukry, whom he described as “my friend and colleague.”
Blinken added: “We have a lot, as always, to talk about given the depth and breadth of the partnership between the United States and Egypt.”
In a separate meeting, Shoukry discussed with US Envoy Tim Lenderking the latest developments in Yemen.
Shoukry reviewed Egyptian efforts to consolidate the armistice reached by Yemeni parties in April. Lenderking expressed his appreciation for Cairo’s efforts in that regard.
Shoukry stressed the importance of preserving the unity of the Yemeni people, and the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.