Egypt’s FM in China for last leg of international tour
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry - AP/Amr Nabil
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CAIRO: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry arrived in China Friday morning for the fourth and last leg of an international tour started Tuesday and included visits to Tunisia, France then Russia.

In his third visit to China, Shoukry is expected to stay two days in Beijing where he heads a ministerial delegation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC.)

The delegation, comprises of foreign ministers of Palestine, Azerbaijan and Guinea, is scheduled to discuss developments of the Palestinian case, the OIC’s efforts for the declaration of a Palestinian state, revival of peace negotiations and maintaining the Arabic-Islamic identity of Jerusalem.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty expressed Egypt’s condemnation to the torching of a Christian seminary in Nabuls city north of Jerusalem and a mosque near Bethlehem. In his statement, he called upon the international community to take an urgent action to provide protection for religious sanctities in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The visit will also tackle Egyptian-Chinese bilateral relations, especially regarding the results of Sisi’s visit to China last December as well as the preparations for the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s expected visit to Egypt in April 2015.

The bilateral discussions will also highlight China’s participation, with a high-profile governmental delegation, in the economic summit, which is due to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh in March 2015.

During Sisi’s visit to China, both countries signed comprehensive strategic partnership that aimed to enhance bilateral cooperation in various fields.

During his visits to Tunisia, France and Russia, Shoukry also tackled a number of Middle East issues including the Arab draft resolution on Libya.

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