CAIRO: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met in Cairo Thursday with his Norwegian counterpart Børge Brende to discuss ways to enhance bilateral cooperation and tackle regional issues of mutual interest, Youm7 reported.
Norway was a key player in organizing an international donor conference, which was held in Cairo in October, on the reconstruction of the war-ravaged Gaza Strip, following Israeli air-strikes in August.
During the meeting, Brende, who was present at the conference and co-chaired the one-day meeting with Egypt, discussed with Shoukry and Secretary-General of the Arab League Nabil el-Araby the latest updates on the efforts to reconstruct Gaza along with the Israel-Palestine conflict.
On Wednesday, Brende set off for a two-day visit to the Middle East where he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for political talks, according to Youm7.
During his meeting with Netanyahu, the Norwegian prime minister condemned the deadly attack on the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo Wednesday and expressed sympathy with the government and people of France.
Shoukry also met Thursday with the UAE’s Minister of State Sultan Ahmed al-Jaber to discuss economic bilateral cooperation and to prepare for taking part in the World Future Energy Summit scheduled to be held from Jan. 19-22 in Abu Dhabi.