Egypt's Foreign Minister Concludes Gulf Tour

Egypt's Foreign Minister Concludes Gulf Tour

Tuesday, 14 November, 2017 - 07:45
Egypt Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukr. Asharq Al-Awsat Arabic.
Cairo - Sawsan Abu Husain
Egypt Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry concludes his Gulf tour with his visit on Tuesday to Saudi Arabia. He is expected to deliver a message to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz from Sisi on Arabs unity in facing mounting challenges.

Meanwhile, diplomatic sources affirmed that the foreign ministers meeting next Sunday will focus mainly on Iranian interventions.

Earlier, Shoukry delivered similar messages to leaders of Jordan, Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE and Oman. During his visit to Kuwait, he hailed Arab efforts exerted to consolidate Arab solidarity and accord.

In UAE, Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, underlined the importance of consultation and coordination in containing and addressing crises through inter-Arab collaboration and solidarity, during his meeting with Shoukry. UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash described the meeting as an excellent one.

Shoukry embarked on an Arab tour on Jordan, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia to discuss bilateral ties and consult regarding developments in the region.

Foreign Ministry's spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid stated that the FM tour falls under permanent consultation between Egypt and Arab states on bilateral ties and conditions in the region.

Egypt shows concerns over latest developments: Houthis missile attack on Riyadh, blowing up Bahraini oil pipeline and political developments in Lebanon. This pushes toward intensifying coordination to maintain Arab national security and rid the region from tension and instability reasons.

Shoukry delivered a message from Sisi to Qaboos bin Said on bilateral ties and the conditions in the region – at a time when security-related challenges in the region are increasing, therefore compelling intensive consultation and coordination among Arab states.

He also conveyed Egypt’s vision and assessment of ways to deal with these challenges, stressing Egypt’s firm and fixed policy that always urges political solutions for crises.

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