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Blinken: We will work to strengthen freedom of expression and the press in Egypt

US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, affirmed that Washington will work to “strengthen freedom of expression and the press” in Egypt, stressing that the US-Egyptian relationship is “strong and solid.”

In a press conference with his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry, during the launch of the US-Egypt strategic dialogue in Washington, Blinken added, on Monday, that the United States has invested “120 billion dollars in Egypt over five years.”

Blinken clarified that the US-Egypt strategic dialogue, which “launched today, is the first since 2015, and will focus on cooperation in the field of regional security.”

For his part, Shoukry stressed the existence of “American-Egyptian cooperation to achieve peace in the region,” and that Egypt is a “reliable partner of the United States in the Middle East.”

He said that Egyptian-American relations “did not go off track, despite the difficulties in the region.

Libya, Sudan and Iran

In the press conference, Blinken touched on the region’s files, stressing that “Cairo and Khartoum share an interest in the return of the democratic process in Sudan.”

“The lack of stability in Sudan affected the Horn of Africa, and we stressed the importance of engaging in negotiations to reach a solution to the crisis,” he said.

Regarding the developments of the Libyan file, Blinken stressed “the importance of holding the Libyan elections on their scheduled date in December.” 

He said, “We agreed with the Egyptian side on various issues, such as the importance of all foreign forces leaving Libya.”

Blinken stressed that the United States shares with Egypt “the same concerns about Iran’s malign practices in the region and the world,” explaining that “Iran’s acquisition of a nuclear weapon will destabilize the region.”

For his part, Shoukry stressed that “the Middle East region faces many challenges, and we are cooperating with the United States in combating terrorism and extremism.”

At the conclusion of his speech, Shoukry said that Egypt is working to “strengthen relations with the United States, especially in the fields of energy, technology and education.”

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