Oman, Egypt ties are historical, well-established, says Shoukry

Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah (right) met Sameh Shoukry on Tuesday

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His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s role in solving many regional and international issues has been praised by Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt. He has described the role of the sultanate as ‘positive and influential’.

In an interview with ONA, Shoukry said that the Oman-Egypt relations are ‘brotherly, historical and well-established’ that reflect the vision of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el Sisi.

He said that His Majesty the Sultan’s wisdom has contributed in enhancing Arab solidarity through understanding and dialogue. “Egypt and Oman have a common vision in this regard.”

Shoukry referred to the recent meeting between His Majesty the Sultan and Egyptian President, saying that it aimed to boost cooperation between the two countries and explore opportunities in many fields.

He said that the two countries are cooperating in the areas of ports and economic zones, industrial and maritime navigation.

About his meeting with Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Oman’s Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, he said that they reviewed the challenges facing the region, especially the conflicts that still persist in a number of Arab countries and the challenges in combating terrorism in all its forms.

He stressed that the two sides are on the same page to resolve conflicts and must intensify efforts to counter terrorism and work towards stability.

In response to a question about Syria’s return to the Arab League, he said that Egypt ‘has set no such conditions’ and that Cairo and Damascus have strong relations. “I have worked over the past years to tackle the crisis and save the Syrian people from the scourge of war and destruction and terrorist organisations in their territory.”

Commenting on the deal of the century, Shoukry said that the deal ‘has not yet been announced for Egypt to take position’. “I stress Egypt’s support for restoring the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people. There should be solutions within the framework of international resolutions of the Security Council.”

He also stressed the importance of consensus between the two parties to restore peace.

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