Shoukry holds talks with his Belgian counterpart on the sidelines of the Arab-EU Ministerial Meeting

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry held bilateral talks with Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders on February 4, 2019, to discuss means of enhancing bilateral relations between Egypt and Belgium. The Two also discussed a number of regional issues of mutual interest on the sidelines of the League of Arab States (LAS)-EU ministerial meeting currently being held in the Belgian capital, Brussels.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Counselor Ahmed Hafez said that Minister Shoukry and his Belgian counterpart examined during the meeting ways of developing an economic partnership between Egypt and Belgium so as to achieve the two countries’ common interests. In this regard, Shoukry reviewed the overall political and economic developments in Egypt and efforts to achieve comprehensive development in the country. He pointed to the importance of encouraging Belgian companies to invest in Egypt in light of the great opportunities currently offered by the Egyptian economy after the successful economic reform program that was highly praised by international financial institutions.

On his part, the Belgian Minister stressed his country’s keenness on developing relations with Egypt in all fields. He praised the remarkable increase in Belgian tourism to Egypt, and pointed to King Philippe’s recent visit to Egypt.

The Spokesperson added that the Belgian Minister was keen to listen to Egypt’s views on the latest developments in the Middle East, as well as international issues of common concern, mainly countering terrorism, as Shoukry outlined the need to confront this phenomenon from a comprehensive perspective that addresses its security, economic and ideological aspects.

At the end of his remarks, Hafez noted that the two sides expressed their aspiration to consult on international and regional issues and developments of common concern, especially with the start of Belgium’s mandate as a non-permanent member of the Security Council for 2019-2020.

Source: State Information Service Egypt