Sisi, Fabius Discuss Bilateral Relations, Regional Issues

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received on Saturday at the presidency headquarters visiting French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and French Ambassador in Cairo Nicolas Galey attended the meeting.

Talks between President El Sisi and the French foreign minister took up bilateral relations and regional developments, Shoukry said in a press conference he held with his French counterpart.

He noted that Egypt and France agreed to cooperate in the different fields.

Cairo and Paris have many views in common, Shoukry said, stressing that both sides are keen on boosting political and economic ties between them.

Sisi and Fabius agreed on the importance of cooperation in the face of challenges that jeopardize not only regional security, but that of Europe as well, the foreign minister said.

They agreed to work for the best interests of both their peoples, Shoukry added.

Asked about the Egyptian ceasefire initiative, Shoukry said that15 members of the UN Security Council, as well as a number of international parties gave it the ok.

The conflicting parties also agreed to the initiative, which, according to Shoukry, offers a chance for ceasefire and lifting the siege imposed on Gaza.

Asked about any possible amendments to the Egyptian initiative, Shoukry said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who recently visited Cairo, has expressed full support for the initiative in its current shape.

The initiative meets the needs of both parties in the current stage, Shoukry noted.

Source : Egypt State Information Service