Egypt, EU top diplomats discuss ties, regional issues

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and the European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell discussed mutual ties on Friday.

During a phone conversation, both officials highlighted the importance of continuing constructive cooperation between the two sides in order to strengthen the partnership in various fields, Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement.

Shoukry expressed appreciation for the recent support provided by the EU to Egypt to develop its health sector, the statement said, adding that they have also touched ways to counter the spread of the coronavirus.

Shoukry and Borrell also discussed many regional issues, especially the latest developments in the Palestinian cause and efforts to resume the peace process based on the two-state solution.

The latest developments in Libya were also discussed, where the Egyptian minister stressed the importance of reaching a comprehensive political settlement, and the need to restore security and eliminate terrorism in order to achieve the desired stability for the Libyan people.

They discussed the issue of the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) which Ethiopia is building on the Nile River, stressing the importance of reaching an agreement and refraining from taking any unilateral measures.