New York, 28 September 2022 (TDI): The Foreign Minister of Egypt, Sameh Hassan Shoukry, met the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

The meeting took place on 26 September and that meeting marked the end of the Egyptian Foreign Minister’s visit to New York to participate in the high-level meetings of the 77th session of the UNGA.

Meeting Minutes

During the meeting, Foreign Minister of Egypt, Sameh Shoukry, Egypt was committed to backing the United Nations peacekeeping and peace-building role, and actively participating in peacekeeping operations in conflict-hit regions.

Shoukry also reaffirmed Egypt’s commitment to supporting and honoring the objectives of the United Nations Charter.

The two sides addressed the outcomes of the UNGA 77 high-level sessions as well as the role that the UN is expected to play in ensuring that all states abide by the rules of international law and that everyone’s ambitions are met without bias.

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The meeting’s discussion centered on the economic and political consequences of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, the situation in Libya and the Middle East, the Palestinian cause, and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) dispute.

António Guterres provided a summary of UN programmes and attempts to address the global food crisis and reform the global economic system to lessen the growing weight of the current crises on developing countries.

The UN Secretary-General also appreciated Egypt’s important role in advancing multilateralism, especially within the framework of regional groups and groupings of developing nations, such as the G-77.

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) dispute

The dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is part of a prolonged conflict between Egypt and Sudan—the downstream states—on one hand, and Ethiopia and the upstream riparian on the other over access to the Nile’s waters.

Ethiopia continues to move forward with the dam, despite the intense disagreements, arguing that the hydroelectric project will significantly improve livelihoods in the region more broadly.