Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan stressed the importance of increasing coordination and cooperation between the two countries to confront challenges in the Arab region, including “fighting terrorism and extremism.”
This came during a joint press conference in Cairo, on the sidelines of the Follow-up and Political Consultation Committee between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, which was preceded by a number of meetings at the level of senior officials, which discussed political issues of common interest.
The Egyptian Foreign Minister said that the meetings that took place with the Saudi delegation focused on confirming the common vision and consensus on the many challenges facing the two brotherly countries and pressing issues pressing on Arab national security.
He added, “We also talked about issues of combating terrorism, developments in Libya, Syria, Sudan, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, the Iranian nuclear file, and the ongoing talks in Vienna.”
The Egyptian Foreign Minister indicated that he briefed his Saudi counterpart about the visit of the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency to Egypt.
The Egyptian Foreign Minister continued, ” we deal with absolute transparency and we talk about all issues in an in-depth manner, in which each of the parties is well informed of all available information and moves in order to advance our common interests.”
Prince Faisal bin Farhan, for his part, affirmed that the talks emphasized the importance of strengthening joint action in order to lay the foundations for security and stability in the Middle East and Africa.
He said, “We discussed the destabilizing Iranian role in the region and the world, and its support for militias in a number of countries. We stressed the importance of intensifying efforts aimed at preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and freeing the Middle East from weapons of mass destruction.”
The Saudi Foreign Minister renewed the Kingdom’s support for Egypt and Sudan regarding the issue of the Renaissance Dam, adding that “their water security is an integral part of Arab water security.”
Prince Faisal bin Farhan continued, “We stressed the support of Saudi Arabia and Egypt to establish the state of Palestine on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital, and to stop all violations against the brotherly Palestinian people.”
He also pointed out that the discussions dealt with the Kingdom’s initiative to end the Yemeni crisis and reach a comprehensive political solution, the developments of the Libyan elections, the need to hold them without delay, and the exit of foreign forces and mercenaries from Libyan territory.