Cairo – Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry underlined the need to promote bilateral cooperation and fight terrorism on financial and intellectual levels.
During a meeting in Cairo on Sunday, the two officials discussed the activation of bilateral agreements on various levels, as well as coordination of stances on regional issues, including the situation in Syria, Libya, and Yemen.
Speaking at a joint news conference, the Saudi foreign minister said: “Saudi Arabia and Egypt are keen on facing extremism and terrorism in all its forms, and spreading the values of tolerance and coexistence.”
He added that discussions with Shoukry were “broad and have touched on latest developments in the region”.
“We look forward to promoting cooperation with Egypt, in particular in facing terrorism and extremism and protecting Arab national security,” Jubeir also said.
Describing relations with Egypt as “excellent”, the Saudi foreign minister highlighted the presence of “very strong collaboration” between the two countries, adding that the Riyadh summits have produced an effective partnership to counter terrorist threats in the region.
On the Riyadh summits held on 20–21 May, Jubeir said: “The presence of US President Donald Trump in the summits was a positive indication of building true partnerships in this field.”
The Egyptian minister, for his part, underlined the “historic and strong relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Egypt.”
Welcoming his Saudi counterpart in his “second country Egypt”, Shoukry stressed the importance of the visit to resume political coordination in the wake of challenges facing the region.
He also said that discussions have tackled the means to fight terrorism by halting all forms of terrorism financing and eradicating extremist groups’ safe havens.
Shoukry added the meeting underlined the need to bolster Arab national security to face foreign interference.