President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met on Jan. 30 with U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken. Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires to Egypt, and Ambassador Daniel Rubinstein also attended the meeting.
The President emphasized the longstanding strategic partnership between Egypt and the U.S., looking forward to further enhancing coordination and consultations between the two sides on various political and security dossiers and regional issues.
He asserted that within the framework of the strategic relations between the two friendly countries, Washington is counting on the relentless coordination with Egypt, under the leadership of President El-Sisi, to restore stability, achieve calm and contain the situation between the Palestinians and Israelis.
The meeting reviewed the latest developments and incidents in the Palestinian territories and joint efforts and ongoing Egyptian endeavors to contain the tension that has been escalating over the past few days.
President El-Sisi confirmed that the recent developments stress the need to act immediately, along both the political and security tracks, to calm the situation and limit unilateral measures by the two sides.
The President reaffirmed Egypt’s unwavering position on reaching a just and comprehensive solution that ensures the rights of the Palestinian people, in line with international terms of reference and in a manner that shall resolve this key issue in the region and open up prospects for peace, stability, cooperation, and construction.
During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on various regional and international issues of mutual concern and issues relevant to bilateral relations.
The talks also focused on the Renaissance Dam dossier. President El-Sisi restated Egypt’s undeniable part in this regard, namely the importance of reaching a legally-binding agreement on the filling and operation of the dam that achieves the common interests and maintains the water and development rights of all parties. El-Sisi underscored the effective role America plays in resolving this crisis.