The Foreign Minister and his Slovenian counterpart stress the necessity of an immediate ceasefire in Gaza

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Slovenian counterpart Tanja Vajon reaffirmed on Monday the necessity of an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, the release of the hostages, the urgent entry of humanitarian aid into the Strip, without any obstacles, and reaching a two-state solution. The official spokesman, Director of the Public Diplomacy Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Ahmed Abu Zeid, stated that the two ministers, during their meeting today, exchanged visions regarding a number of regional and international issues of common interest, most notably the Palestinian issue. Minister Shukri expressed his welcome for the continued Egyptian-Slovenian cooperation in this regard… praising the positions Slovenia supports the Palestinian cause.


For its part, the Slovenian Foreign Minister stressed that Egypt is Slovenia’s most important partner in Africa and the Arab region, praising the pivotal role that Egypt plays in At the regional and international levels, especially with regard to the explosive crisis in the Gaza Strip, she expressed her country’s full agreement with the Egyptian vision regarding the approach to dealing with that crisis, in terms of calling for an immediate ceasefire, the release of hostages, and the urgent access of humanitarian aid to the Strip without any obstacles, as well as placing A peace plan to resolve the crisis is based on the two-state solution.

The spokesman indicated that the discussions also shed light on the latest developments related to the Libyan file, as well as the Syrian crisis, the issue of the security of the Red Sea and Yemen, developments in the Sudanese crisis, and the tense situation against the backdrop of the ongoing conflict there. As the Egyptian efforts continued to work to resolve this crisis.

The two ministers also discussed ways to enhance economic and trade cooperation relations, while reviewing the investment opportunities available in Egypt, including the most prominent qualified industrial zones and new cities that were built, as well as laws. To improve the investment climate, in addition to examining the establishment of joint projects in a number of industries in which Slovenia has a comparative advantage, in addition to enhancing bilateral cooperation in many areas such as: Information technology, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, agriculture, food, water management, education, youth and sports, culture, and support for small and medium enterprises, as well as inviting Slovenian companies to invest in the automotive components sector, which is one of the distinguished sectors in Slovenia, and discussing ways to transfer technology. In this sector.

The two sides also discussed ways to enhance cooperation in the field of ports to include new ports other than the existing cooperation between the ports of “Cooper” and And Alexandria, where Egypt’s interest in the fields of clean and renewable energy was emphasized, and Egypt’s plans to enhance cooperation in the field of energy with the European Union were reviewed, including projects to transport liquefied natural gas in Egypt to Europe. The discussions also touched on the Egyptian projects being implemented to connect electricity with some European countries, in addition to producing green hydrogen and methanol and exporting them to European countries. They also addressed the issue of enhancing cooperation in the field of tourism, as the Foreign Minister conveyed Egypt’s interest in increasing the Slovenian tourist flow to Egyptian tourist destinations, in particular. With charter flights between Slovenia, Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada. 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs affirmed the desire of the Egyptian side to develop the distinguished bilateral relations between the two countries, especially since Egypt is the first Arab and African country to recognize Slovenia after its independence, and Egypt is still an Arab and African country. The only one that has had resident representation in Ljubljana since 2007. Shoukry praised the Egyptian-Slovenian cooperation in the field of exchanging nominations in various international organizations… expressing Egypt’s aspiration for Slovenia to continue supporting Egyptian positions within the European Union… stressing that Egypt will remain Slovenia’s main gateway to Africa, This is in light of its leadership on the continent and its membership in many African mechanisms, which allows for the launch of tripartite cooperation and discussing the possibility of establishing joint projects. 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed Egyptian appreciation for Slovenia’s positions of support for Egypt within the framework of the European Union. , which reflects a deep understanding of the process of transformation and development that Egypt is going through and awareness of the challenges it faces. He also expressed Egypt’s aspiration to coordinate with Slovenia within the framework of the Union for the Mediterranean, as well as in light of the start of Slovenia’s non-permanent membership in the Security Council for the period 2024/2025. For her part, the Slovenian Minister expressed her keen interest in strengthening bilateral relations with Egypt, based on the distinguished ties between the two countries, noting the importance of improving aspects of investment and trade cooperation between the two sides in a manner consistent with the political relations and bonds of friendship that bind them. She noted that Ljubljana will provide all forms of support to Egypt within the corridors of the European Union, stressing that close coordination will take place between the two countries during the period of Slovenia’s non-permanent membership in the Security Council, with regard to all regional and international issues.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs was He began his current visit to Ljubljana by holding discussions with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovenia, Tanja Vajon, followed by the work of the second round of the Joint Committee for Economic Cooperation between Egypt and Slovenia at the level of foreign ministers, at the end of which the two ministers signed the protocol for the session of the Joint Committee.  

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