Washington DC, 30 January 2023 (TDI): Secretary of State of the United States (US), Antony Blinken visited Cairo (Egypt) and met with Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.

During the visit, Secretary Blinken discussed advanced cooperation, strategic partnership, and peace and security in the region with his Egyptian counterparts. 

The discussion with Egyptian leadership included shared support for elections in Libya, the ongoing Sudanese-led political process, and two state solutions in Israel-Palestine. 

Secretary Blinken also shared remarks during the visit, “US and Egypt have diplomatic relations for more than a century, the US stands with Egypt and with its people to promote regional security, bolster economic resilience and people-to-people ties”. 

Promoting Regional Security

The US and Egypt are cooperating closely to de-escalate conflicts and promote peace in the region.  Both countries are supporting UN mediation to enable elections in Libya as soon as possible. They are also supporting a civilian-led transition in Sudan through the Framework Political Agreement.

Secretary Blinken and President El-Sisi also discussed sharing an unwavering commitment to a negotiated two-state solution as the only path to a lasting resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and equal measures of security, prosperity, and dignity for Israelis and Palestinians.

Furthermore, the US is engaged with Egypt, as well as Sudan and Ethiopia, to advance a swift diplomatic resolution on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam that safeguards the interests of the Strengthening Economic Cooperation of all parties.

Strengthening Economic Cooperation

During the visit Secretary Blinken reassured a commitment to strengthening bi-literal economic cooperation for the mutual benefit of the American and Egyptian people, including through expanding trade, increasing private sector investments, and collaborating on clean energy and climate technology. 

Besides this, the US has invested $600 million to digitize Egypt’s telecommunications sector. Egypt has imported $5.9 billion from the United States to construct, expand, and modernize Egyptian infrastructure to meet the needs of a growing population.

In addition, the two sides have committed to establishing a Joint Economic Commission that will further enhance cooperation on all economic and commercial issues.

Combating Climate Crises

The United States welcomed Egypt’s ongoing leadership through the COP27 presidency to accelerate global ambition and action to tackle the climate crisis.

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The United States and Egypt will also co-lead the new partnership on Adaptation in Africa, which is focused on concrete initiatives to help build resilience in a changing climate.

Secretary Blinken and Egyptian leaders also discussed to further strengthening people-to-people ties and realizing a democratic and prosperous future for all.