Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi received on Saturday a delegation from the US Congress headed by Senator Richard Shelby in the presence of Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry.
Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Rady stated that the president welcomed the American delegation, emphasising the importance that Egypt attaches to permanent communication with Congress leaders within the framework of coordination and consultation between the two countries on various issues.
Rady added that the meeting discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations in a number of fields, especially at the political, military, and economic levels, along with the current developments on the regional and international arenas.
Al-Sisi also stressed Egypt’s keenness to strengthen relations between Cairo and Washington in a framework of mutual respect and common interest, especially in light of the turbulent regional reality and the escalating challenges it creates.
During the meeting, the congressional delegation affirmed the great importance that the US attaches to relations with Egypt, valuing the distinguished level of cooperation between the two countries, noting that Egypt is a pillar of security and stability in the Middle East and the Arab world as well as a pivotal partner for the US in the region.
The delegation also expressed appreciation to Egypt’s great and successful role in achieving stability and security, its success in combating terrorism and extremist ideology, and establishing “the noble concepts and values of freedom of belief, in addition to the great efforts made inside Egypt to achieve comprehensive development,” according to Rady’s statement.
He further added that the meeting discussed the developments regarding the Palestinian cause, where the congressional delegation praised Egypt’s efforts in support of the peace process, while the president affirmed Egypt’s firm position to reach a just and comprehensive solution that guarantees the rights of the Palestinian people according to international references, which would open up prospects for coexistence and cooperation among all the peoples of the region.