News conference between Shoukry, Kerry cancelled
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to a meeting of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt in Sharm el-Sheikh

CAIRO: A news conference scheduled Wednesday between Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his U.S. counterpart John Kerry has been cancelled, Egypt’s Presidency Office announced in a statement Tuesday evening.

The conference was cancelled due to a “busy agenda,” the statement added. The presidency will issue a statement on the discussions that will be held between President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Kerry at Cairo-based presidential palace of al-Ittihadiya.

Kerry is paying Egypt a one-day visit Wednesday in a regional tour that began in Iran, according to a statement by U.S. Department of State.

He then will fly to Saudi Arabia to join President Barack Obama who will attend Gulf Cooperation Council Summit.

Kerry’s visit comes a week after a five-day visit was paid by Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz to Egypt during which Cairo declared that the disputed two islands at entrance of Red Sea’s Gulf of al-Aqaba are Saudi territories. The Gulf is a main maritime navigation way for Israel.

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