The first contact between the new US administration and Egypt, on Tuesday, reflected the convergence of the two countries ’visions on several issues and their agreement on the need to combat terrorism.
According to a statement by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, a copy of which was received by Al-Ain Al-Akhbar, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received a phone call from his American counterpart Anthony Blinken, where means of advancing bilateral relations and exchanging views on regional and international issues of common interest were discussed.
This is the first contact of its kind between the new US administration and Egypt.
During the call, the Egyptian Foreign Minister expressed his country’s aspiration to build on the achievements made over the past decades at the level of bilateral relations to develop cooperation in all fields between the two countries.
Shoukry affirmed “the strategy of relations between the two countries, and the endeavor to continue enhancing their horizons in a manner that fulfills the interests of Egypt and the United States at all levels.”
The statement stated that “the telephone conversation reflected the convergence of the two countries’ visions in many regional and international files and issues, as the contact witnessed a discussion about the latest developments in the Libyan arena and the Palestinian issue, as well as the need to continue joint work in order to combat terrorism, and other challenges and threats facing the region.” .
He added, “Emphasis was placed on the historic partnership based on the foundations of mutual respect and common interest and the development of relations in all its political, economic and cultural aspects, as well as the efforts of the two countries in the field of human rights to achieve their interests.”
The two ministers also agreed to continue coordination and consultations during the next stage on all issues of interest to Egypt and the United States.
Yesterday, Monday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi stressed the peculiarity of the established strategic relations between Egypt and America in all fields, especially the military one.
This came during Sisi’s meeting with Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, Commander of the US Central Command, in the presence of Lieutenant General Mohamed Farid, Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces, in addition to Ambassador Jonathan Cohen, the Ambassador of the United States of America in Cairo.
Al-Sisi pointed out that Egypt is looking forward to continuing the development of the existing bilateral cooperation in all fields, especially at the existing and extended military level between the two countries over the past decades, in a way that enhances the fruitful cooperation between Cairo and Washington in facing common challenges in the region.
Last week, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that “Egyptian-American relations have extended over four decades as close and strategic relations, punctuated by many areas of cooperation and mutual gains.” He pointed out that the United States is a great power with capabilities, whether political or economic, which makes it important To deal with it and extract common interests. “
Cairo has constant contact with the American administration, either through the two diplomatic missions in Cairo and Washington, or through contact at the level of senior officials, according to the Egyptian Foreign Minister.
Shoukry stressed at the time that “there is no room for any concern or optimism in Egypt regarding the assumption of a new democratic administration. Rather, there is a case of exploration of the US administration’s position that it has not yet clarified regarding many of the regional issues.”