Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told domestic media that he held a “fruitful and sincere” meeting with his American counterpart Blinken.
Shoukry said in a phone call on Lamis El Hadidy’s show Kelma Akhira, “We discussed the high value that both the United States and Egypt place on strengthening and deepening our partnership and responsive to the full range of issues in the bilateral relationship.”
Commenting on the Ethiopian dam issue, Shoukry said late Saturday “I told him that given the necessary political will, the elements discussed during our closed meeting with Americans and Congo’s leaders might offer the possibility of a significant step forward on the confidence-building measures.”
“I discussed with Blinken also the latest developments in the Middle East and efforts to reach a holistic political settlement in Palestine.”
Shoukry’s brief comments came after he and Blinken met privately on the sidelines of the UN summit in New York.
In conclusion, they agreed to hold a bilateral strategic dialogue to discuss regional issues, human rights, security cooperation, and economic relations.
It’s worth mentioning that the two politicians discussed regional issues, including Israeli-Palestinian relations, diplomatic efforts on Libya, Egypt’s leadership in founding the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum, and the mutual desire for results-oriented negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam under the auspices of the African Union.