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Ukraine, Iran, Libya, GERD Top Sisi-Hamad Talks in Manama (Report)

Wed 29 Jun 2022 | 05:27 PM
Nawal Sayed

Following summit talks in Manama between President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, a joint statement was issued, stressing agreement of the two leaders on various topics of mutual interests; most notably Ukraine-Russia crisis, Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Iran and Libya.

Here is the full context of the joint statement 

1- Within the framework of the well-established fraternal and historical ties, and the distinguished bilateral relations that unite the leaderships of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Arab Republic of Egypt and their two brotherly peoples, and the bonds of brotherhood and common history and a single destiny that bind them together, and in an effort to consolidate strategic cooperation and enhance integration between the two brotherly countries in various fields, a session of talks was held between His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

They reviewed the solid historical relations and ways to develop and develop them in all fields to enhance the interests of the two brotherly countries and peoples, and increase the pace of economic cooperation for broader horizons What would support the common interests of the two brotherly countries.

2- The two sides were briefed on the latest developments of joint investments and trade exchange between the two brotherly countries, expressing their aspiration for further cooperation in the banking, economic and commercial fields, through the establishment of joint platforms for investment and intensification of visits by economic and commercial delegations from the public and private sectors for the benefit of the two brotherly countries and peoples.

3- The two sides discussed regional and international developments of common interest, and the challenges facing the countries of the region, and affirmed their support for efforts aimed at reaching lasting political solutions to all crises in the countries of the region, laying the foundations for security and stability in them, coordinating joint efforts to combat terrorism and its organizations, preventing its financing, and sparing the region. Dangers of destabilizing activities for security and stability.

4- With regard to the Palestinian issue, the two sides stressed the need to intensify efforts to reach a comprehensive and just settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and to find a real horizon for returning to serious and effective negotiations to achieve peace, in accordance with the principle of the two-state solution, the relevant international legitimacy resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative, in a manner that guarantees the people The Palestinian has the right to establish his independent state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

5- With regard to the file of the Renaissance Dam, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa expressed Bahrain’s full support for Egyptian water security as an integral part of Arab water security, and urged Ethiopia to abandon its unilateral policy in connection with rivers international law, and adherence to the relevant rules of international law, which would not take any unilateral measures regarding the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, and the necessity of negotiating in good faith with Egypt and Sudan to reach a binding legal agreement in this regard, in implementation of the presidential statement issued by the Security Council in September 2021 to prevent The damage caused by this project on the downstream countries and enhances cooperation between the peoples of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.

The Bahraini side expressed its full solidarity with Egypt in all the measures it takes to protect its national security.

6- The two sides affirmed their support for international efforts to find a comprehensive political solution to the Yemeni crisis, in accordance with the approved international references, and the initiative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to end the Yemeni crisis, and their full support for the Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council to perform its constitutional responsibilities to achieve security, stability and development in Yemen.

They also affirmed their support for the UN armistice agreement in Yemen and welcomed the announcement of its extension. The Bahraini side appreciated Egypt's response to the request of the legitimate Yemeni government and the United Nations to operate direct flights between Cairo and Sana'a in support of that armistice and alleviating the human suffering of the brotherly Yemeni people.

7- On the Libyan issue, the two sides stressed the need to preserve the unity and integrity of the Libyan territories, and the importance of the Libyan brothers reaching a Libyan-Libyan solution based on the Libyan ownership of the settlement without any dictates or external interference, leading to holding the presidential and parliamentary elections simultaneously.

The Bahraini side valued Egypt's efforts aimed at restoring Libya's security, unity and sovereignty, and generously hosting the work of the Libyan constitutional track in coordination with the United Nations, which allowed the Libyan brothers free space to chart the future of their country.

The two parties stressed the importance of supporting the role of the Libyan institutions and assuming their responsibilities. In this context, they praised the sincere national efforts and the legitimate procedures and decisions issued by the Libyan House of Representatives, as it is the elected legislative body that expresses the aspirations of the brotherly Libyan people and is entrusted with enacting laws and granting legitimacy to the executive authority and exercising its oversight role, including: That is the parliament’s decision to form the Libyan government in February 2022.

The two sides also stressed the importance of immediately starting to implement the exit of all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya without exception or procrastination and within a specific time frame in implementation of Security Council Resolutions Nos. 2570 and 2571 and the outcomes of the Paris Summit, the Berlin Process, the League of Arab States, the African Union and the Libya Neighboring Countries Mechanism, and expressed support for the efforts of The related 5 + 5 Joint Military Committee, as well as the preservation of the ceasefire agreement in order to preserve the security, stability and capabilities of Libya.

8- The two sides expressed their welcome to the upcoming summit that will be hosted by the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia between the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, Jordan, Egypt and the Prime Minister of Iraq with His Excellency US President Joe Biden, and their aspiration to reach fruitful results that enhance the strategic partnership between the participating countries and the United States.

9- The two sides agreed to support Arab efforts to urge Iran to abide by the international principles of non-interference in the affairs of Arab countries, to preserve the principles of good neighborliness, and to spare the region all destabilizing activities, including supporting armed militias and threatening maritime navigation and international trade lines.

They affirmed support for international efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, ensuring the peacefulness of Iran's nuclear program, strengthening the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency, maintaining the non-proliferation regime, and the importance of supporting efforts to establish a zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, which contributes to in achieving regional and international peace and stability.

10- The two sides reviewed the latest developments in the situation in Ukraine, and stressed the need for a ceasefire and resort to dialogue and diplomatic methods to settle the conflict by peaceful means. The two countries’ support for international efforts aimed at settling the crisis by peaceful means and providing protection and care for civilians, leading to the maintenance of security and peace in Europe and the world.

11- For its part, the Bahraini side congratulated the leadership, government and people of Egypt on the occasion of the anniversary of the June 30 revolution, which represented a pivotal station and a turning point in the history of Egypt, and established the values ​​of citizenship, moderation, moderation and the concept of the national state.

12- His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa also extended his sincere congratulations to Egypt on the occasion of hosting the twenty-seventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27), which will be held in November 2022 in the city of Sharm El-Shaikh.