Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Spanish counterpart Arancha Gonzalez Laya in a press conference at Tahrir Palace- press photo
CAIRO – 17 October 2020: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Spanish counterpart Arancha Gonzalez Laya signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of political consultation between the two countries on Saturday, at Tahrir Palace, downtown Cairo.
The new MoU aims at enhancing the bilateral relations between the two countries, said Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Hafez on Twitter.
After a meeting with Sameh Shoukry, the Spanish Foreign Minister said in a press conference that they tackled several issues of mutual concern like combating terrorism, and human trafficking.
She added that the meeting discussed the issue of the course of negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan.
Both Ministers also discussed the peace process in the Middle East, she said, expressing her welcome to the normalization of relations between Israel and some Arab countries like the UAE, and Bahrain.
The Spanish Minister conveyed her appreciation to Shoukry for Egypt’s efforts in the field of empowering women and the environment.
As for the bilateral ties, Arancha Gonzalez Laya called for establishing a joint trade conference between the two countries next year.
Egyptian Foreign Minister announced that Egypt is coordinating with the European Union (EU) countries to fight the illegal migration in the Mediterranean Sea.
A meeting between the Egyptian officials and the Spanish delegation was held at the Palace to seek ways of strengthening the bilateral relations.
On September 24, 2019, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met with Spain Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. During the meeting, both leaders have agreed on exchanging security information and intensify cooperation regarding countering terrorism and extremist ideologies.