Egypt, Spain discuss coronavirus efforts, Turkey’s role in Libya

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Thu, 14 May 2020 - 03:17 GMT

Assistant Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs for European Affairs Badr Abdel Aaty and Ambassador Mohamed Abu Bakr, assistant foreign minister for Libyan affairs talk via video with Eva Martinez, the Spanish government’s envoy to the Middle East

Assistant Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs for European Affairs Badr Abdel Aaty and Ambassador Mohamed Abu Bakr, assistant foreign minister for Libyan affairs talk via video with Eva Martinez, the Spanish government’s envoy to the Middle East

CAIRO – 14 May 2020: Top Egyptian diplomat has condemned Turkey’s role in supplying militias in Libya with weapons and sending terrorists to Syria, saying it endangers the security and stability of the region and undermines Berlin talks.

As Assistant Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs for European Affairs Badr Abdel Aaty held talks on Wednesday with Eva Martinez, the Spanish government’s envoy to the Middle East via video conferencing, Ambassador Mohamed Abu Bakr, assistant Egyptian foreign minister for Libyan affairs underscored Egypt’s fixed stance toward the Libyan crisis, describing the Turkish role in the war-torn country as negative.

During the meeting, Abdel Aaty affirmed Egypt’s full solidarity with the government and people of Spain in the face of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The two sides reviewed the efforts to fight the novel virus and agreed on the need to consolidate international efforts to curb its spread and limit its economic implications.

The Egyptian and Spanish sides also discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations on the political and economic levels, especially in the fields of trade, investments, agriculture, maritime transport.

Abdel Aaty expressed Egypt’s willingness to benefit from the Spanish experience in rationalizing water uses, irrigation, greenhouses, information technology, digitization, artificial intelligence and tourism after the end of the coronavirus crisis.

For her part, Martinez affirmed Spain’s keenness to develop and deepen cooperation with Egypt on the political, economic and cultural levels.

The talks also included a number of regional issues of mutual concern, including the Palestinian cause and the developments in the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

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The two sides agreed on the need to continue consultation on the issues of mutual concern, in a bid to reach a political settlement to the ongoing crises as soon as possible.

The meeting was also attended by Spain’s Ambassador to Egypt Ramon Casars.

In September last year, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

According to presidency spokesperson Bassam Rady, Sisi praised the relations between the two countries, and expressed Egypt's aspiration to continue upgrading those relations and activating the frameworks of joint cooperation at all levels.

For his part, Sánchez expressed his country's appreciation for the “friendly and cooperative” relations between the two countries, saying that Spain is keen on boosting and enhancing relations with Egypt in different fields, along with supporting the Egyptian economic efforts for developments.

Sánchez also said that his country is eager to continue discussions on ways of enhancing stability in the Middle East as part of Egypt's key role as an essential pillar of stability and security in the region.

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