Egypt wants to strengthen ties with India, suggests peaceful negotiation in Kashmir issue

Egypt wants to strengthen ties with India, suggests peaceful negotiation in Kashmir issue

New Delhi: Foreign Minister of Egypt Sameh Hassan Shoukry, who is in the country to take part in the bilateral joint commission meeting, discussed with PM Modi about strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries on Friday, the PMO office stated.

The Egypt minister attended the 7th India-Egypt Joint Commission Meeting, earlier in the day, led by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, followed by a meeting with the PM. “Both leaders discussed the entire spectrum of bilateral issues and also held deliberations on how to deepen and diversify the bilateral cooperation between India and Egypt,” the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement. “They also discussed regional, international and multilateral issues of mutual interest,” it stated.

“Deepening of cooperation in areas such as infrastructure, trade and investment and people-to-people relations was discussed,” the PMO said. As the two nations have close political understanding and cooperation on bilateral, regional and global issues, the Egypt counterpart of Sushma Swaraj also spoke about the issues related to terrorism on the border and Kashmir.

Shoukry on Kashmir issue:

Expressing significance on peaceful resolutions, Shoukry stated: “We support a peaceful resolution of all conflicts through diplomatic means and dialogue and continue to advocate against any form of military intervention or conflict. There should be dialogue and negotiations taking into account of all people in the region, he said referring to India’s current approach to Kashmir issue.”

While speaking on the China front, Shoukry without getting drawn into the topic said: “The issue has to be addressed from a legal perspective from various organisations like the UNSC.”