CAIRO, Oct. 8 (SEE) – Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry held on Monday a series of intensive meetings with a number of top diplomats and European Union officials on the fringe of the 3rd Regional Forum of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) in Barcelona.
Shoukry had talks with Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn on boosting cooperation and supporting dialogue between Egypt and the EU in addition to several regional and international issues of common interest.
The foreign minister discussed current preparations for holding a meeting of the EU-Egypt Association Council by the end of 2018.
During the meeting, Shoukry said that Egypt highly values the positive developments in bilateral ties and the institutional cooperation with the EU.
He appreciated holding meetings among the committees emanating from the EU-Egypt Association Agreement in 2017 and 2018.
The get-together touched on the continuous coordination between the two sides for fostering relations and efforts exerted by Egypt in the immigration issue.
Shoukry during his meeting with Hahn
The foreign minister met with his Spanish counterpart Josep Borrell to exchange views on fostering cooperation between Cairo and Madrid at all levels.
Shoukry said that Cairo is keen on developing economic relations and increasing the volume of trade exchange.
The foreign minister called for increasing the number of Spanish tourists visiting Egypt which rose by 56% in 2017.
He also pointed to the importance of reaching a comprehensive solution for the Libyan crisis and the problems of illegal immigration, and terrorism.
In the meantime, Borrell was interested in listening to Egypt’s vision on a number of regional issues of joint concern topped by the situation in Libya.
Shoukry with Borell
The Egyptian top diplomat also held a meeting with Mauritanian Foreign Minister Ould Cheikh Ahmed, that tackled bilateral ties and coordinating stances towards issues of common interest.
They discussed preparations for the coming meeting of the Egyptian-Mauritanian committee to be held in Nouakchott.
The Mauritanian foreign minister expressed his country’s appreciation of historical relations with Egypt, asserting keenness on pushing forward bilateral ties.
Shoukry with Mauritanian FM
He also met with his Maltese counterpart Carmelo Abela discussing bilateral cooperation to face common challenges in the Mediterranean region and the conditions in Libya in addition to an array of issues related to terrorism, extremism and illegal immigration.