Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met at the UN over the weekend with Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen and received an overview of the process led by the Americans in the context of the emerging normalization agreement with Saudi Arabia. This is the first meeting between the two.
Prime Minister Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Photo: Reuters, Oren bin Hakoun
Shoukry told Egyptian media, "We welcome any effort to end the conflict. We hope that these developments will reassure Israeli public opinion that the possibilities for peace contribute to opening horizons for cooperation and the absence of threat, and as a result there will be a more positive response to the rights of the Palestinian people and the establishment of its state."
At the same time, the Egyptian official noted that he had a "positive and productive" meeting with Iran's foreign minister in which they discussed "efforts to remove the residues of the past between Egypt and Iran."
Foreign Minister Eli Cohen meets with New York City Mayor Eric Adams
Foreign Minister Eli Cohen told Israel Hayom that "Egypt is a central and strategic player that promotes stability in the Middle East. We must act to change the dynamics in relations between the countries in order to return to a path that will lead to exploiting the enormous potential in relations between Egypt and Israel. I spoke with my friend, Foreign Minister Shoukry, about the great potential inherent in additional cooperation between Israel and Egypt and regional collaborations such as the Negev Forum, in which Egypt is a central member. Strengthening economic relations will help stabilize and prosper the Middle East."
Among other things, the two discussed the latest developments in the region, with an emphasis on expanding the circles of normalization and regional security. Cohen added that recently there has been a very positive trend in relations between the countries, in the fields of energy and tourism, and that he intends to work to promote additional industries and encourage projects in the fields of aquaculture, renewable energy, and more.
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