Regional crises in focus as Mogherini holds top-level meetings in Cairo
November 4, 2015
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has completed a two-day official visit to Cairo, with the aim to revitalise bilateral relations with Egypt and work together on a number of regional crises.
Mogherini held long talks with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and with several ministers. During the meetings, a broad range of topics was discussed, from bilateral relations to Libya, from migration to the Middle East, from the threat to security in the region posed by terrorism to the economic and social situation, the rule of law and media freedom in Egypt.
Mogherini held extensive talks with Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, and with Interior Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghafar. She also met the minister for international cooperation, Saher el Nasr, and for petroleum, Tareq el Molla, with whom she signed an agreement to finance connecting households with a gas pipeline through a €68 million EU grant.
The EU High Representative also met members of NGOs and of civil society and delivered a speech at Cairo university: “It’s our responsibility to build a new partnership between Europe and the Arab world,” she said. “We have so much in common. We share a long history: let’s build our future together.”