Egyptian Foreign Minister Convenes with Arab Counterparts to Denounce Menaces to Navigational Safety in Red Sea

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Egyptian Foreign Minister Convenes with Arab Counterparts to Denounce Menaces to Navigational Safety in Red Sea


During the meeting, held on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting of the Arab League Council in preparation for the 33rd Arab Summit, Shoukry was keen to hear Al-Zindani’s evaluation of the latest developments in Yemen.

During a meeting in Manama, Bahrain, Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry emphatically rejected any threats to navigational security in the Red Sea. He made his stance clear while discussing the issue with Yemen’s Foreign Minister Shayea Mohsen Al-Zindani.

Due to rising tensions in the Red Sea, multiple shipping companies have opted to reroute their vessels away from the Suez Canal. This strategic waterway, previously responsible for facilitating 12 percent of global trade, is being bypassed in favor of the lengthier Cape of Good Hope route.

Despite the diligent efforts of a naval coalition spearheaded by the United States, the Houthis persist in targeting ships in the Red Sea, particularly those associated with Israel, the US, and the UK.

According to the Egyptian foreign ministry, both diplomats’ discussions addressed the regional and international efforts to establish peace and reaching a sustainable solution to the Yemeni crisis.

Shoukry further stressed Egypt’s firm commitment to supporting efforts to reach such a solution in order to preserve the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Yemen.

This solution shall be based on the United Nations references, the outcomes of the Yemeni national dialogue, and the relevant Gulf and Arab resolutions, the ministry added.

Furthermore, the meeting touched on areas of bilateral cooperation between the two countries and ways to enhance and develop them, where Shoukry stressed Egypt’s steadfast position on supporting the government and people of Yemen.

Egypt’s top diplomat also affirmed his aspiration to resume the strategic dialogue mechanism between Egypt and Yemen, headed by the two foreign ministers.

For his part, the Yemeni FM expressed his thanks to the leadership and people of Egypt, and his appreciation for Cairo’s balanced and supportive role towards enhancing stability in Yemen and supporting the Yemeni people.

He also praised Egypt’s hosting of large numbers of Yemeni people on its lands and its commitment to providing them with all services.

According to the ministry, Shoukry also met with his Jordanian and Iraqi counterparts, where he stressed the importance of intensifying cooperation within the tripartite mechanism as a model for joint Arab action.

Moreover, the Egyptian FM and his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad exchanged views on ways to resolve the Syrian crisis and end the suffering of the Syrian people, stressing ongoing consultation between Egypt and Syria to strengthen bilateral relations.

Earlier Tuesday, Shoukry led Egypt’s delegation to the inaugural session of the Arab League Council at the Foreign ministers’ level, in preparation for the 33rd Arab Summit.

Shoukry’s participation includes discussions on various Arab issues, at the top of which is the Palestinian cause and ways to end the Israeli war on Gaza.