Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and the head of the General Intelligence, Major General Abbas Kamel, held a meeting with their Jordanian counterparts at the foreign ministry headquarters on Thursday evening, following which a tripartite meeting took place, gathering the foreign ministers and intelligence chiefs of Egypt, Jordan and Palestine.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abou Zeid said the officials discussed, during the bilateral meeting, means to promote bilateral relations and latest regional developments, in particular efforts to achieve Palestinian national reconciliation.
The ministers discussed the latest political and security developments in Syria, the situation in Iraq and Yemen, as well as efforts to combat terrorism and coordination between the two countries in international forums.
As for the tripartite meeting, information received by Asharq Al-Awsat noted that it aimed at calming the situation in the Gaza Strip, lifting the blockade and providing the necessary support to the Palestinian people.
Also on Thursday, Shoukry met with a delegation from the US Congress, with whom he discussed various aspects of the Egyptian-US relations and means of strengthening them.
Abu Zeid said that the congressional delegation listened to an extensive explanation of the current political, security and economic developments in Egypt and the Egyptian government’s reform program, as well as the results of the Sinai 2018 operation, and the sacrifices made by the Egyptian army in the field of combating terrorism.
The foreign minister also responded to questions raised by the US delegation, which focused on developments in the Middle East, especially the Syrian crisis, and prospects for a political solution, the situation in Libya and the achievement of national consensus.
Shoukry presented his country’s vision and assessment of the risks resulting from the current escalation in the occupied Palestinian territories and the dangers of the continued stalemate in the peace process.