US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Cairo on Sunday.
US State Department spokesperson Ned Price announced that Blinken will meet with President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, and senior Egyptian officials to advance the strategic partnership between the United States and Egypt, and discuss preparations for the elections in Libya and the ongoing political process in Sudan.
The visit will address several discussions on current issues at the regional and international levels, especially the repercussions of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, as well as the global economic crisis.
After Cairo, Foreign Minister Blinken will head to Jerusalem and Ramallah , and he is scheduled to discuss the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the protection of human rights and democratic values, as well as several other files.
“Secretary Blinken is scheduled to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and senior Palestinian Authority officials to discuss Israeli-Palestinian relations and the importance of a two-state solution, political reforms, and further strengthening U.S. relations with the Palestinians,” the statement said.
Blinken will conclude his tour of the Middle East with a visit to Israel, where he will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, and other senior leaders, to discuss permanent American support for Israel’s security,” especially against Iranian threats,” the US State Department added.
He noted that the US Secretary of state will discuss with Israeli officials Israel’s deep integration into the region, Israeli-Palestinian relations and the importance of the two-state solution, and a host of other global and regional issues.
Price stressed that all minister Blinken’s meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders will emphasize the urgent need for both sides to take steps to calm tensions to put an end to the cycle of violence that has claimed the lives of many innocent people.
The minister will also discuss the importance of preserving the current historical status of al – Quds Al-Sharif-in Word and deed, and will also communicate with civil society throughout the trip to emphasize the American commitment to human rights, support for civil society, and the enduring importance of relations between people.