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Egyptian President in Bucharest: We must seek peaceful ways to solve the Middle East conflict. Iohannis: Romania and Egypt interested in the stabilisation of crisis situations in the Middle East and the vicinity

Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, stated on Wednesday that “peaceful ways” must be sought to solve the crises in the Middle East, and appreciated his Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis’s position on the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“We must seek peaceful ways to solve the crises in the Middle East, which must take place, among others, within the framework of solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a way that would allow the Palestinian people to form a state within the 1967 borders. I appreciated Mr President’s very firm position regarding Egypt, Palestine, which must be based on the two-state and two-capitals solution,” the Egyptian official stated at the Cotroceni Palace after the meeting with President Klaus Iohannis.

He appreciated the bilateral relationship between Romania and Egypt.

“I expressed my satisfaction with the very important progress that these relations have experienced thanks to President Klaus Iohannis’s contribution lately. (…) During this time, the relationship between the two countries experienced a very important jump, especially in what concerns trade and tourism, considering that the flow of tourists to Sharm El Sheikh has grown, together with the development of political relations and mutual consultations taking place at the level of relations and international affairs,” the Egyptian President said.

Abdel Fattah El-Sisi talked about President Iohannis’s contribution to the development of relations with Egypt during Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the EU.

The Egyptian President pointed out that the talks also touched on fighting terrorism.

“I underscored the importance of international efforts to handle the danger of terrorism,” Abdel Fattah El-Sisi pointed out.

He pleaded for the development of bilateral relations between Romania and Egypt, at the level of “the Governments and the peoples.”

 

Iohannis: Romania and Egypt interested in the stabilisation of crisis situations in the Middle East and the vicinity

 

President Klaus Iohannis stated on Wednesday that Romania and Egypt are interested in the stabilisation of crisis situations in the Middle East and in the vicinity of the two countries.

“Both Romania and Egypt are interested in the stabilisation of the crisis situations in the Middle East and in the vicinity of both countries, in combating terrorism, managing the migratory flows, sustainable economic growth. I expressed my profound appreciation for the efforts carried out by Egypt and by the President personally in order to consolidate regional security, as well as to actively contribute to the managing of migration. Egypt plays an important role in the region and, given its balanced approach toward the complex challenges in the area, represents an essential moderating factor in the Middle East and Africa,” the Head of State said at the Cotroceni Palace, after meeting his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who is paying a state visit to Romania.

Iohannis pointed out that during their consultations he appreciated the growing level of the bilateral trade, Egypt being one of Romania’s main trade partners in the region.

“I pleaded for the diversification of trade and the stimulation of mutual investments in fields such as IT, tourism, energy, industry, civil constructions and infrastructure. I expressed my conviction that the recent round of the Mixed Committee for Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation, which took place in Cairo in February this year, played an important role in the development of economic and sectoral cooperation between our countries,” Iohannis said.

Iohannis pointed out that the priorities and achievements of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU and of the Egyptian Presidency of the African Union were outlined.

“Romania has always been, from a bilateral standpoint and in the last 12 years as an EU member state, a friend and backer of Egypt, including by supporting the implementation of EU assistance programmes. Romania strongly supports the consolidation of the EU-Egypt partnership in all its components. This partnership is important for the stability and prosperity of the Mediterranean, the Middle East and Africa, but obviously of Europe too,” Iohannis stated.

He welcomed the progress registered on important levels of cooperation between the EU and Egypt, such as socio-economic development, scientific research, energy, managing migration and combating terrorism.

“This visit is part of the intense high-level dialogue we have had lately, being our third interaction in 6 months, and I’m convinced that this energetic rhythm will stimulate our bilateral relationship on all relevant levels. After 113 years of diplomatic relations, our relationship is very solid, Egypt being one of Romania’s traditional friends in the Middle East and Africa,” Iohannis added.

 

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