Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will receive his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry, for a working dinner on July 26.
This is their second meeting, following Jean-Yves Le Drian’s visit to Cairo on June 8.
Egypt is one of France’s major partners. Our strategic partnership has considerably developed over the last few years, especially in the field of counter-terrorism.
The minsters will take stock of the regional crises:
- Libya: Jean-Yves Le Drian will discuss the conclusions of the meeting in which he participated on July 25 in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, the results of which were welcomed by Egypt. The ministers had agreed to remain in regular contact in order to work closely together on the Libyan crisis;
- Gulf region: Jean-Yves Le Drian will discuss the results of his tour which was aimed at facilitating a solution to the crisis. Both ministers believe that the fight against terrorism and its funding should mobilize all states to the same degree of urgency;
- Peace process: the minister will underscore the urgent need to relaunch a credible political process between the Israelis and Palestinians with a view to achieving the two-state solution, the only way to bring just and lasting peace to the Middle East.
This meeting will also provide an opportunity to work on key bilateral issues.
Jean-Yves Le Drian will reaffirm our determination to ensure that full light is shed on the causes of the disappearance of EgyptAir Flight MS804 on May 19, 2016. He will reaffirm that French experts are available to lend their assistance to the Egyptian technical services.
Lastly, both ministers will discuss the volume of our trade. Jean-Yves Le Drian will signal our determination to work to promote Egypt’s socio-economic development and to increase French investment. He will notably reaffirm the exemplary nature of the French-Egyptian partnership on the Cairo metro initiative.