In a step intended to enhance their cooperation, American Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Thursday in New York City on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
During their meeting, FM Shoukry discussed with his American counterpart the latest developments in the Middle East and efforts to reach a holistic political settlement in Palestine.
In the same connection, the two maven politicians discussed regional issues, including Israeli-Palestinian relations, diplomatic efforts on Libya, Egypt’s leadership in founding the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum, and our mutual desire for results-oriented negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam under the auspices of the African Union.
Both officials also discussed the high value both the United States and Egypt place on strengthening and deepening our partnership that is responsive to the full range of issues in the bilateral relationship.
Blinken noted that such a strengthened partnership would be facilitated by steps from the Government of Egypt to improve its protection of human rights, including by implementing measures in the National Strategy on Human Rights launched by the Egyptian government last week.
In conclusion, they agreed to hold a bilateral strategic dialogue to discuss regional issues, human rights, security cooperation, and economic relations.
Earlier on Monday, Shoukry held several closed meetings with a number of foreign officials and top diplomats after his arrival in New York to take part in the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly Meetings (UNGA).