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Today, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken. The meeting was also attended by Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and U.S. Chargé d’Affaires to Egypt, Ambassador Daniel Rubinstein.

The Spokesman for the Presidency said President El-Sisi welcomed Mr. Blinken, and asked for his greetings to be conveyed to U.S. President Joe Biden. The President emphasized the longstanding strategic partnership relations between Egypt and the U.S., looking forward to further enhancing coordination and consultations between the two sides on various political and security dossiers and regional issues.

The U.S. Secretary of State conveyed President Biden’s greetings to the President. He asserted that within the framework of the strategic relations between the two friendly countries, Washington is counting on the relentless coordination with Egypt, under the leadership of President El-Sisi, to restore stability, achieve calm and contain the situation between the Palestinians and Israelis. The meeting reviewed the latest developments and incidents in the Palestinian territories, as well as joint efforts and ongoing Egyptian endeavors to contain the tension that has been escalating over the past days. President El-Sisi confirmed that the recent developments stress the need to act immediately, along both the political and security tracks, to calm the situation and limit unilateral measures by the two sides. The President reaffirmed Egypt’s unwavering position on reaching a just and comprehensive solution that ensures the rights of the Palestinian people, in line with international terms of reference and in a manner that shall resolve this key issue in the region and open up prospects for peace, stability, cooperation and construction.

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During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on a multitude of regional and international issues of mutual concern, as well as issues pertinent to bilateral relations.

The talks also focused on the Renaissance Dam dossier. President El-Sisi reiterated Egypt’s unequivocal position in this regard, namely the importance of reaching a legally-binding agreement on the filling and operation of the dam, that achieves the common interests and maintains the water and development rights of all parties. The President underscored the importance of the U.S. role to take an effective part to resolve this crisis.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of The Presidency, The Arab Republic of Egypt.