Shoukry discusses humanitarian crisis in Middle East with Lowcock

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Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met Saturday with UN Under-Secretary-General for Human Affairs Mark Lowcock to discuss the regional developments and the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Middle East.

According to a statement by the ministry, Shoukry informed the UN official on the situation in Gaza Strip and the Egyptian efforts to support the UNRWA, in addition to the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

Shoukry also expressed his dismay due to the lack of the international community in dealing with several crises such as drought and famines, stressing the necessity of intensifying the international efforts to decrease the impact of climate change.

The Egyptian minister also met with Jean-Marie Guéhenno, the president of the International Crisis Group, one of the most prominent research centres on the means and ways to prevent and resolve international crises, according to the ministry’s statement.

The two sides discussed the Libyan crisis, and Shoukry stressed that the deteriorating security situation in Libya has a direct impact on Egypt’s stability, stressing the need to work on confronting the phenomenon of terrorism in all its forms in Libya.

He also stressed the importance of activating the political process to resolve the Libyan crisis, and highlighted the recent Egyptian efforts, led by the Egyptian National Committee on Libya to bring the various Libyan parties together, revealing that the dialogue among the committee formed from both houses of parliament and the state for the amendment of the Skhirat Agreement will be launched in Tunisia after the conclusion of the general assembly meeting, according to the statement.

During the meeting, Guéhenno was keen to get acquainted with the Egyptian views on addressing and resolving the various regional issues.

The meeting dealt with the crises in Yemen, Iraq, and Syria.

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