Egypt, Iraq FMs discuss bilateral relations, Arab issues in Cairo

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Iraqi counterpart

Cairo ( – Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry stressed on Tuesday Egypt’s support for Iraq’s stability and safety, calling on Iraqi parties to unite in order to overcome challenges facing their country.

Shoukry made the remarks during a meeting with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari on the sidelines of the 150th ordinary session of the Council of the Arab League, currently held in Cairo at the level of foreign ministers.

According to a statement issued by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Shoukry praised “historic and deeply-rooted relations between Egypt and Iraq,” stressing Cairo’s keenness on boosting bilateral relations with Baghdad at the political, commercial and cultural levels.

The top Egyptian diplomat further reiterated Egypt’s confidence that “Iraqi national institutions, political powers as well as the Iraqi people are capable of overcoming challenges facing Iraq.”

Jaafari, meanwhile, praised the Egyptian stance in support of Iraq at all levels, stressing that the unified Arab action is the key to confront various challenges threatening the region.

The two foreign ministers also discussed issues of mutual concern as well as the latest developments at the Arab and regional levels, topped by terrorism and the situation in Syria and Yemen.

They also agreed to step up the level of coordination during the coming period in order to protect Arab national security against different hazards.

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