In the framework of his participation in the Munich Security Conference from 15 to 18 of February 2018, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry held a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makei.
Official MFA Spokesperson Counselor Ahmed Abou Zeid stated that at the beginning of the meeting, the Belarusian Foreign Minister expressed his deep gratitude for the development witnessed in relations between the two countries and the positive outcomes that resulted from FM Shoukry's latest visit to Belarus last August.
The Belarusian Foreign Minister offered an invitation from his President to President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to visit the capital Minsk this year. And with regards to counter terrorism efforts, the Belarusian Foreign Minister expressed his country's wishes for the success of the 2018 comprehensive military campaign in Sinai.
He asserted his confidence in Egypt's ability to root out terrorism from its territories.
Abou Zeid added that the meeting addressed the efforts of both countries to advance bilateral relations in various fields.
Both sides are keen on expanding the frameworks of cooperation in political and economic fields, as well as, the tourism sector as Egypt is considered the second most favorite destination for Belarusian tourists, as the number of Belarusian tourists coming to Egypt reach 147 thousand in 2017.
In this regard, the two ministers agreed on the importance that 2018 witnesses a continuation of the efforts exerted by officials in both countries to develop bilateral relations between them.
Abou Zeid added that the two ministers asserted the importance of following up on the coordination between the Egyptian Foreign Ministry and the Belarusian Embassy in Cairo to finish drafting a memorandum of understanding to establish a political consultation mechanism between the two countries.
That is in addition to preparing a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of communication and information technology.
The MFA Spokesperson added that the meeting, also, broached the Egyptian vision of the regional situation in Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Iraq. It, further, broached Egypt's efforts to revive the negotiations path between the Palestinian and Israeli sides.