Egypt & Ireland mull bilateral relations and int’l issues

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry discussed on Sunday 17/2/2019 with Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Simon Coveney ways of boosting bilateral relations in different fields and issues of common concern.

In a statement, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ahmed Hafez said Shoukry commended cooperation ties between Cairo and Dublin, pointing that the foreign minister’s visit marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

“Egypt is interested in upgrading relations with Ireland to new levels and horizons.”, Shoukry noted.

During the meeting, the two officials stressed the importance of continuing coordination and consultation, reviewing trade and economic relations which had been notably boosted over the past four years.

In this context, the top Egyptian diplomat said that two states could cooperate in many domains including pharmaceuticals, ICT, renewable energy, dairy and meat, taking into account the current talks with Irish companies interested in investing in Egypt.

Concerning flights, the foreign minister affirmed the necessity of establishing direct flights between Cairo and Dublin.

For his part, Coveney welcomed Shoukry’s visit to Dublin, asserting his country’s keenness on bolstering bilateral cooperation at all levels to achieve the common interests of the two peoples.

Regional issues, especially the developments in the Middle East peace process, were also mulled during the meeting.

Shoukry reaffirmed the Egyptian firm stance calling for the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian State on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Source: State Information Service Egypt