On Tuesday 8th of August 2017, a delegation from the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) visited the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs. General Gawn, Kai-Erik Jukka, chief liaison office to Cairo, represented the UNTSO, from the Egyptian side, Ambassador Ezzat Saad, Director of the Egyptian Council for Foreign affairs, and General Mohamed Ibrahim, member of the council, attended the conference.
The two sides discussed these topics:
Sinai’s situation: The armed Forces and police efforts to combat the Terrorist and extremist groups.
Egyptian-US: changes with the new US president; US expectations from Egypt in regard to Egypt-Iran relations; Egypt expectations in return; implications for Israel and for Egypt-Israel relations.
Egyptian – Sudanese Bilateral Relations.
Major General Mohamed Ibrahim discussed the situation in the Sinai and the discussions between Hamas and Egypt. He explained the role of the Egyptian army to combat terrorism and the success of the comprehensive plans set by Egypt three years ago to eliminate the threat posed by Terrorist and extremist groups there.
Ambassador Ezzat Saad talked about the two other topics which are the Egypt-US relations and the Bilateral Relations between Egypt and Sudan. As to Egypt’s relations with its neighbor Sudan, Ambassador Dr. Ezzat emphasized the importance of history and values which common between two countries and should to build on it.
He also stressed on the importance of international cooperation in the fight against terrorism and in achieving political stability in Egypt through investments and aids in order to stabilize the situation and help it counter violent extremism. He said that even though the strict economic reforms and the inflation may have a negative social impact, the Egyptian people understands the necessity of these reforms and support the leadership.