Egypt: We reject Turkeys Expansion Plan in the Mediterranean

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On Saturday, the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, voiced his country’s rejection of Turkey’s expansionist policy and its creation of tension, stressing that coordination is underway with European partners in the eastern Mediterranean to tackle this issue.

In a joint press conference in Cairo with his Spanish counterpart, González Laya, Shoukry added that Egypt is coordinating with Spain to restore stability to the eastern Mediterranean region, which is being plagued by a severe wave of increasing tensions.

On the Libyan issue, Shoukry said that instability in Libya impacts Egypt, adding that Cairo seeks to solve this crisis in the neighbouring country only through dialogue.

He added, “There are countries that transferred thousands of mercenaries and terrorists to Libya for expansionist reasons,” stressing that the foreign military presence in Libya has reinforced instability.

The Egyptian top diplomat stressed that Cairo and Madrid have reaffirmed their willingness to strengthen cooperation and expand coordination in order to serve common interests and achieve stability.

On her part, the Spanish Minister praised her country’s relations with Egypt, voicing her aspiration to foster mutual ties to a larger scale.

The two ministers discussed means to improve bilateral relations and coordinated on regional files of mutual concern.

Shoukry and Laya discussed the situation in the Mediterranean and the Middle East, including economic and security developments.

They have also signed a memorandum of understanding for the establishment of a mechanism for political consultations between Spain and Egypt in order to deepen bilateral relations.