Sisi, Biden discuss strengthening relations, Middle East developments on sidelines of COP27

CAIRO – 11 November 2022: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi welcomed President Biden’s visit to Egypt and affirmed on Friday the long-standing strategic partnership between the 2 countries and its pivotal role in supporting security and stability within the Middle East.

In keeping with Spokesman for the Presidency Bassam Rady, President Sisi looked forward to strengthening coordination and consultation between the 2 sides on various political, security and regional issues, in addition to continuing to advertise and strengthen this partnership across various fields of cooperation throughout the framework of mutual respect and customary interest.

President Biden valued the strong and deep Egyptian-US relations and confirmed that the US considers Egypt a powerful and reliable friend and ally within the region. He looked forward to intensifying coordination and consultation on all regional and international issues, in light of Egypt’s political leverage and balanced role inside its regional surrounding, along with its contributions, under the leadership of President El-Sisi, to realize stability for all of the peoples of the region.

The meeting touched on developments pertinent to the Palestinian issue. The US President valued Egypt’s tireless and significant efforts on this context, including maintaining calm between the Palestinian and Israeli sides. President El-Sisi affirmed Egypt’s unwavering position on reaching a just and comprehensive solution that ensures the rights of the Palestinian people, based on the international references.

The meeting also tackled combating terrorism and extremism. President El-Sisi stressed the firm will of the state, government and other people to proceed diligent efforts to confront this scourge and undermine its security and ideological threats.

For his part, President Biden praised the success the decisive Egyptian efforts on this regard and the burdens borne under the leadership of the President to combat terrorism and extremism. He expressed the support of the US administration for these efforts and asserted that Egypt is a key partner in confronting the challenge of transnational terrorism.

 The Spokesman added that the 2 presidents exchanged views on various regional and international issues, especially the Russian-Ukrainian crisis and its negative repercussions worldwide, mainly on the sectors of food and energy.

In addition they discussed developments in Libya, Yemen and Syria. President El-Sisi confirmed that reaching political settlements for these crises relies mainly on consolidating the concept of the nation-state and ending the presence of foreign mercenaries and militias within the region.

The meeting also touched on the difficulty of the Renaissance Dam, as President Sisi affirmed Egypt’s adherence to preserving its water security for the present and future generations by reaching a legally binding agreement for filling and operating the dam that guarantees Egypt’s water security, in accordance with the principles of international law to realize the common interests of all parties, and hence the importance of the US role to undertake an influential role in resolving this crisis.

 

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