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Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry addresses a joint news conference with his British counterpart Philip Hammond (not pictured), following their meeting regarding the situation in Gaza, in Cairo, July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Cairo – Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry confirmed that the Egyptian-Saudi relations are historical and rooted, saying that what connects the two states is stronger publicly and officially.

During a meeting with Arab and foreign media representatives in Cairo which Asharq al-Awsat attended, the FM said that the relations between Cairo and Riyadh are based on the realization of common interests. He added that relations between states are not always built on conformity, but rather on exchange and achieving common goals in what serves the Arab security.

Speaking about the relations with Ethiopia, Shoukry said that Egyptians lives depend on the Nile River, a very important source and it is only natural for Egypt to look after it in a manner that serves both countries, without harming the interests of his country.

“I believe this is a right of Egypt and the government to maintain the best interest of the Egyptian people,” added the minister.

Concerning the situation in Yemen, Shoukry stressed that Egypt has devoted its marine forces to monitor the Red Sea and prevent any weapons from being smuggled into the country. He reiterated the importance of political solution and the suspension of all military actions.

“Everyone wants to end the crisis in Syria. Initiatives don’t have to match as long as the goal is ensure security, end the struggle, protect civilians and maintain Syria’s unity as part of Arab national security,” said the FM about the Syrian crisis.

In addition, the minister stressed that his country will cooperate with the new U.S. administration especially in combating terrorism and ending crisis in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq.

Shoukry confirmed that: “Jerusalem is the main cause for the Middle East policies and a very delicate matter for both the Islamic and Arab world. That’s why I don’t want to go into the expectations concerning the new U.S. administration at this early stage. But I think everyone realizes the gravity of this issue.”

The minister said it is too early to discuss the statements about moving the American embassy to Jerusalem, adding that he can’t speak for anyone.