Sisi, US Congressmen Hold Talks on Regional Stability

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met a delegation from the US Congress headed by Senator Richard Shelby on Saturday morning and discussed regional stability in light of the turbulence in the Middle East.

The president said that Egypt is keen on strengthening its relations with the US in light of the “turbulent region reality” and the “escalating challenges” it creates, referring to the latest developments in Palestine, Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Rady said in a statement.

Both sides discussed the Palestinian cause, with Sisi affirming Egypt’s firm position in this regard to reach a just and comprehensive solution that guarantees the rights of the Palestinian people that is in line with international laws, the statement said.

On Friday, Egypt condemned Israeli forces’ latest raids of Al-Aqsa Mosque after the Friday prayers and the violence that ensued against Palestinian worshipers, in which more than 160 Palestinians were injured.

The president has been calling for dialogue that would open up prospects for coexistence, calling for cooperation between the entire region on this particular issue.

Egypt wants to constantly communicate with the leaders of Congress, El-Sisi said, stressing the importance of coordination and consultation between the US and Egypt on several different issues as well.

The US delegation in turn praised Egypt’s efforts in support of the peace process, affirming the importance of US-Egyptian relations, noting that the country 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.

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