Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi recently met with the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The President emphasized the importance of the EU as a crucial element in Egypt’s foreign policy. This is due to the EU being Egypt’s primary trading partner, as well as the extensive and multifaceted ties that exist between the two sides, not to mention the shared challenges they face across the Mediterranean.
The High Representative, Borrell, expressed his admiration for the distinctive relationship between Egypt and the EU. He pointed to Egypt’s regional and international political weight, highlighting its pivotal role as a pillar of security and stability in a region undergoing considerable turmoil. This makes Egypt a crucial strategic partner for the EU and its member states.
The official spokesperson clarified that the meeting discussed various aspects of the institutional relationship between Egypt and the EU. The emphasis was on the continued efforts to enhance cooperation and mutual dialogue to bolster the friendship between both sides, given the shared interests and challenges, particularly regarding combating illegal immigration and terrorism.
The meeting also touched upon the ongoing coordination concerning many international and regional issues, especially the developments of the crisis in Sudan. The European official praised Egypt’s efforts in this regard, whether related to hosting Sudanese refugees or efforts to promote a ceasefire and peace. The meeting also addressed updates on the Palestinian issue in light of recent related developments, where agreement was reached to intensify efforts to establish peace and resolve the Palestinian issue according to international benchmarks, in a way that restores the Palestinian people’s legitimate rights and supports security and development for all people in the region.
The Presidential Spokesperson concluded his statements, pointing out that the latest developments in the Russian-Ukrainian crisis were also discussed. In this context, the President emphasized the importance of intensifying international efforts to prevent and contain the economic effects of the crisis on the global economy and specifically on developing countries, considering the repercussions that affected food, energy, and financing markets globally.