Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met on Wednesday with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington DC during the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi said.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said that Secretary Blinken underscored during the meeting to the U.S. commitment to strategic partnership with Egypt.
He commended Egypt’s successful hosting of COP27, and discussed a wide range of issues, including Egypt’s important role in promoting stability in the region and the decades-long bilateral defense tiesBlinken also emphasized the importance of a diplomatic resolution on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam [GRED] that would safeguard the interests of all parties, Price said.
The Secretary also reiterated that “the bilateral relationship is strengthened by tangible progress on human rights in Egypt.”
Blinken highlighted Egypt’s recent releases of political detainees and encouraged further progress to advance human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Sisi also met on Wednesday with Friends of Egypt group in the US Congress, said Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi.
President Sisi stressed during the meeting on the importance of strategic decades-old relations between Egypt and the United States.
Sisi also highlighted Egypt’s keenness to strengthen relations with the U.S. in all aspects, within a framework of mutual respect and common interest, especially in light of the ‘turbulent developments’ in the region along with the growing threat of terrorism, whose repercussions have affected many countries.
Members of the Friends of Egypt Group in the U.S. Congress valued the depth of joint cooperation between the two friendly countries, stressing the great importance that the United States attaches to relations with Egypt.
They described Egypt as a “pillar of security and stability in the Middle East” and the Arab world, as well as being a pivotal partner of the United States in the region.
The US Congress members also expressed deep appreciation for Egypt’s successful and effective role in combating terrorism and extremist ideology, reforming religious discourse, and establishing noble concepts and values of freedom of belief and tolerance.
Radi added that the meeting witnessed discussing ways to enhance bilateral between the two countries.
They also discussed regional developments, especially with regard to developments in the Palestinian cause, where the members of Congress praised the Egyptian efforts in support of the peace process, while the President affirmed his position of In this regard.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi arrived on Tuesday in Washington DC, to participate in the activities of the US-African Summit, according to Ambassador Ahmed Abu Zeid, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He stated that President Sisi intends to focus during the summit on issues of concern to African countries in light of the existing global challenges, to strengthen the African-American partnership to confront the food security crisis, and to facilitate the integration of African countries into the global economy.
Abu Zeid noted that the President’s visit to the United States includes holding meetings with number of senior American officials, in order to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.
It is also scheduled that President Sisi will hold a meeting with members of the American business community to discuss ways to develop cooperation in the economic, trade and investment fields between the two sides.
On the sidelines of the summit, Sisi will meet with number of heads of state and government participating in the African-American summit, in order to discuss boosting bilateral cooperation along with regional and international developments.