Egyptian Foreign Minister Shoukry Holds Talks in Spain on Palestine Statehood

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Egyptian Foreign Minister Shoukry Holds Talks in Spain on Palestine Statehood


The statement praised Spain’s longstanding positions in support of the Palestinian cause, the most recent of which is the important step it recently took to recognize the Palestinian state.

Sameh Shoukry, Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, jetted off to Madrid for crucial talks with Spanish officials. The discussions centered on the latest developments in the Israeli conflict in Gaza and strategies to enhance global support for recognizing an independent Palestinian state.

In an announcement from the foreign ministry, Shoukry is set to hold meetings with his Spanish counterpart, Jose Manuel Albarez, and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

During the discussions, the focus will be on how Spain can contribute to halting the Gaza conflict and reestablishing a path towards a political resolution of the Palestinian problem through the two-state solution.

On Tuesday, Spain, alongside Norway and Ireland, formally recognized a Palestinian state in a step meant to pressure the Israeli authorities to halt its war, which is now in its eighth month.

This raised the number of UN member countries that have recognized the Palestinian State to 145 out of 193. This group includes many nations, mostly from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

It does not, however, include the United States, Canada, most Western European countries, Australia, Japan, or South Korea.

Shoukry’s visit to Spain will also explore ways to enhance bilateral relations between Cairo and Madrid, especially economic cooperation, to attract Spanish investments to Egypt, the statement noted.

The meetings also will address coordinating efforts to confront common challenges in the Mediterranean region, especially the issue of illegal immigration.