Egypt and Slovenia agree on boosting relations economically

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Wednesday 13/3/2019 that an agreement was reached to push forward relations with Slovenia in all fields, particularly in the economic one.

Shoukry made the remarks during a joint press conference with Slovenian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Miro Cerar, currently visiting Egypt.

The visit comes on the occasion of the first Egyptian-Slovenian Committee meetings, Shoukry said.

He added that the joint committee session reflects the political leadership’s keenness on probing new aspects of cooperation between the two countries.

“An agreement was reached with the Slovenian side to increase the number of scholarships offered to Egyptian students to study at the Slovenian universities,” he noted.

Shoukry added he accepted an invitation from Cerar to visit Slovenia soon.

The Slovenian foreign minister said that his talks with Shoukry focused on means of promoting bilateral relations, as well as the latest developments in the Middle East region, particularly the situation in Syria and Libya.

The exchange of visits between the two countries’ officials will help reinforce ties between Egypt and Slovenia, Cerar noted.

He further praised efforts exerted by Egypt under President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to fight terrorism and illegal migration.

He noted that a Middle East-Mediterranean university will be established in Slovenia.

The top Egyptian diplomat said that the Arab-European Summit, which was held in Sharm El Sheikh last month, witnessed an exchange of viewpoints regarding regional and international issues, topped by terrorism, illegal migration, organized crime and the situation in Syria, Libya and Yemen.

The closing statement of the summit reflected a mutual desire to step up bilateral cooperation to face common challenges, Shoukry said.

He expressed hope that cooperation between Arab and European countries would continue till the next summit, which will be held in the Belgian capital Brussels in 2020.

The Slovenian foreign minister, for his part, thanked Egypt for hosting the summit, which he described as “an important step” to increase cooperation to fight terrorism.

He further expressed his country’s readiness to exchange information with Egypt in the counter-terrorism field.

Shoukry said Egypt will participate in a number of alliances that work on combating terrorism and terror organizations via drawing up an anti-terrorism comprehensive strategy.

The strategy includes exchanging information and expertise to combat this phenomenon, dealing with the issue from a cultural and religious perspective in addition to confronting extremist calls and countries using terror organizations to reach political purposes, he added.

Meanwhile, Shoukry said talks between President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and the Slovenian deputy prime minister focused on the Palestinian cause and the importance of ending the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of the two-state solution.

On that score, the top Egyptian diplomat said Cairo is making its utmost via its contacts with the United States and the European Union, which has lots of elements it can apply to proceed with positive negotiations with the aim of maintaining the two-state solution.

Source: State Information Service Egypt