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Egypt’s President El-Sisi Meets China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi Meet in Cairo, Seek Immediate Ceasefire In Gaza

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EIRNS—Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Cairo on Jan. 14 and they issued a statement calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. “Egypt and China also underscored their positions about the vital need to comply with international law, reiterating their vehement and categorical rejection of individual and collective forced transfer or forced displacement of the Palestinians from their lands,” read a Egyptian Presidential statement.

They called for a just and comprehensive settlement and establishing an independent Palestinian state based on the two-state solution. They also expressed their support for Palestine’s full membership in the United Nations, according to the statement. In addition, they urged the international community to enforce the delivery of relief into the Gaza Strip, in line with the relevant UN Security Council and General Assembly resolutions. Wang Yi also praised Egypt’s political role in the crisis.

The Chinese minister also held a press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry. The latter said Egypt is closely monitoring South Africa’s case against Israel before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and underlined the importance of recognizing the Palestinian state as a crucial step towards ending violence in the region. “The Palestinian people must be protected from acts of genocide,” he stressed.

Both foreign ministers called for an international peace summit to find a just, comprehensive and lasting solution to the Palestinian cause.

Wang Yi will also travel to Tunisia, Togo and Ivory Coast before he heads to Brazil and Jamaica. [dea]

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Egypt Presents Four-Point Agreement

EIRNS—Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi began a four-nation tour of Africa in Cairo, meeting Jan. 14 with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and newly-reelected President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. They signed a joint statement on the situation in Southwest Asia (see separate entry), and also reached broad strategic agreement on four points. Xinhua reported:

“The two ministers have held fruitful talks and achieved a broad consensus, according to Wang…. Firstly, the two countries will continue to deepen strategic mutual trust and firmly support each other in safeguarding core interests.” Egypt’s support for the One China policy was mentioned, as was China’s continuing to "support Egypt in safeguarding its national sovereignty and security and taking a successful path of development that suits its national conditions, Wang said.

“Secondly, the two countries will jointly work on high-quality construction of the Belt and Road to achieve mutual benefits and win-win results at a higher level.” This will include more Chinese investment in Egypt, and greater China imports from Egypt.

“Thirdly, it is necessary to strengthen inter-civilizational dialogue and achieve deeper people-to-people exchanges between the two sides….

“Fourthly, the two countries need to carry out closer communication and collaboration on regional and international issues…. [China] looks forward to working with Egypt to lead China-Arab States and China-Africa collective cooperation to a new level, and to build a model of high-quality South-South cooperation, Wang said….

“The Chinese foreign minister once again congratulated Egypt on becoming a new member of the BRICS group, voicing China’s readiness to work with Egypt to strengthen BRICS cooperation and jointly promote global governance toward the direction of building an equitable and orderly multi-polar world and promoting inclusive economic globalization that benefits all.”

Wang further stated that “Over the past decade since the establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Egypt, the two countries have opened up a golden era of leapfrog development in bilateral relations under the strategic leadership of the two heads of state, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Sunday. Noting that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the China-Egypt comprehensive strategic partnership, Wang said that looking ahead, under the leadership of the two heads of state, this partnership will surely embrace an even more brilliant decade.” [dns]