Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry headed to Brussels, Belgium on Sunday to take part in the meeting of foreign ministers of the six-partite Arab committee on Jerusalem and the European Union (EU) on Monday, Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abou Zaid said in a statement.
Shoukry is set to leave Brussels for Vienna, Austria to give Egypt’s speech before the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and the United Nations Disarmament Commission (UNDC).
The six-partite Arab committee on Jerusalem consists of Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. Abou Zaid said that the meeting comes as a completion of the committee’s efforts in coordinating and consulting with international parties to address the consequences of the US decision regarding Jerusalem and its impacts on the peace process.
On Friday, US officials said the US is expected to open its embassy in Jerusalem in May, implementing the previous decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Abou Zaid further explained that the Arab efforts are consistent with the EU efforts in supporting the Palestinian issue. He added that Shoukry’s participation in the meetings asserts Egypt’s commitment to continue its regional and international efforts to support the Palestinian issue.
During his participation at the UN Commission on Human Rights meeting, Shoukry will review the Egyptian efforts regarding human rights and Egypt’s views on human rights issues and their economic, social, and political impacts, as well as the impact of regional conflicts in the Middle East on human rights, in addition to the impacts of terrorism, according to the statement. The minister will also stress Egypt’s stance regarding disarmament issues, especially expanding the Non-Proliferation Treaty.