On Thursday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken hailed his meeting with Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly.
“Pleased to meet with Egyptian Foreign Minister Shoukry at #UNGA76 to discuss the bilateral partnership, regional security, human rights, and economic relations,” Blinken wrote on Twitter. “Our upcoming Strategic Dialogue will be an opportunity to advance each of these important aspects of our relationship.”
Pleased to meet with Egyptian Foreign Minister Shoukry at #UNGA76 to discuss bilateral partnership, regional security, human rights, and economic relations. Our upcoming Strategic Dialogue will be an opportunity to advance each of these important aspects of our relationship. pic.twitter.com/Npggis2XuQ
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) September 23, 2021
The Secretary met with Shoukry in New York City on the margins of the UN General Assembly, where they discussed regional issues, including Israeli-Palestinian relations, diplomatic efforts on Libya, as well as Egypt’s leadership in founding the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum.
The two officials also touched upon the mutual desire for results-oriented negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) under the auspices of the African Union.
Moreover, they addressed the high value both the United States and Egypt place on strengthening and deepening partnership that is responsive to the full range of issues in the bilateral relationship.
Finally, they agreed to hold a bilateral strategic dialogue to discuss regional issues, human rights, security cooperation, and economic relations.