Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will begin his visit to Ireland on February 17, during which he will hold several meetings with Irish officials to discuss ways of boosting relations between the two countries in various fields. He will also participate in the Foreign Ministers’ retreat on Palestine, which is convened by the Irish side .
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Counselor Ahmed Hafez said that during the visit, Minister Shoukry is expected to meet with the President of the Republic of Ireland, the Speaker of the Irish House of Representatives, and the Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade). Shoukry will also participate in a panel discussion at the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), whereby he will deliver a speech to review Egypt's vision on regional developments. He is also scheduled to plant a tree bearing Egypt’s name in the historic Farmleigh House, which is set to be the venue for retreat on Palestine .
Hafez explained that Shoukry's participation in the retreat comes in light of Egypt's keenness to advance efforts aimed at furthering the Palestinian cause internationally, as the Foreign Ministers of Ireland, France, Palestine, Jordan, Cyprus, Sweden and Spain, alongside the Arab League’s Secretary-General are expected to participate in the meeting to examine the latest developments of the Middle East peace process .
It is worth noting that Shoukry’s visit to Ireland is of particular importance, as it coincides with the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, as Egypt was the first Arab country to establish formal relations with Ireland in 1975 and the Egyptian Embassy was officially opened in 1978. This is also the first visit of an Egyptian Foreign Minister to Ireland in around 12 years .