Shoukry Stresses Need for Comprehensive Solution to Save Yemen

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. Sergei Chirikov / EPA / March 16, 2016
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. Sergei Chirikov / EPA / March 16, 2016
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Shoukry Stresses Need for Comprehensive Solution to Save Yemen

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. Sergei Chirikov / EPA / March 16, 2016
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. Sergei Chirikov / EPA / March 16, 2016

Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry underlined the need to reach a comprehensive political solution to the Yemeni crisis in order to avoid the dangers of sliding into an extended conflict.

His comments came during his meeting on Monday in Cairo with his Yemeni counterpart Abdulmalik al-Mekhlafi.

Sources told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper that the meeting was held in light of the current political stalemate, despite the legitimate government’s readiness to resume negotiations with the Houthis and the supporters of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The sources stressed that the rebels in Sanaa have begun to “move away from the basic references to the settlement, namely the Gulf Initiative, the outcome of the Yemeni national dialogue and Security Council Resolution 2216.”

They added that the Egyptian foreign minister has voiced his concern over the deteriorating humanitarian and health conditions in the country.

Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson, Ahmed Abou Zeid, said that Shoukry stressed Egypt’s continuous support to Yemen’s unity and stability, highlighting the urgent need for a “comprehensive political solution that avoids the dangers of sliding into an extended conflict and alleviates the sufferings of the Yemeni people.”

For his part, the Yemeni foreign minister expressed his thanks and appreciation for the political support that Egypt has always provided to Yemen in various international forums.

He praised, in this context, efforts exerted by the Egyptian diplomacy to back the Yemeni file, particularly the efforts made by the Permanent Mission of Egypt to the United Nations in Geneva, which is currently heading the Arab group in the Human Rights Council.

The two officials also discussed issues related to the bilateral relations and the situation of Yemenis residing in Egypt.

Mekhlafi also briefed Shoukry on the latest developments in the Yemeni political and security scene and the results of his consultations with various regional and international parties.



Palestinian Authority at Risk of Collapse, Norway Says

Foreign Minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide attends the annual Kultaranta Talks -debate session on foreign and security policy at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland June 13, 2024. (Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander via Reuters)
Foreign Minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide attends the annual Kultaranta Talks -debate session on foreign and security policy at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland June 13, 2024. (Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander via Reuters)
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Palestinian Authority at Risk of Collapse, Norway Says

Foreign Minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide attends the annual Kultaranta Talks -debate session on foreign and security policy at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland June 13, 2024. (Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander via Reuters)
Foreign Minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide attends the annual Kultaranta Talks -debate session on foreign and security policy at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland June 13, 2024. (Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander via Reuters)

The Palestinian Authority could collapse in the coming months, Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide said on Monday, citing a lack of funding, continuing violence and the fact that half a million Palestinians are not allowed to work in Israel.

"The situation is extremely dire. The Palestinian Authority, with whom we work closely, are warning us that they might be collapsing this summer," Barth Eide told Reuters.

"If it collapses, you could end up having another Gaza, which would be terrible for everybody, including the people of Israel," he added.

Norway chairs the international donor group to the Palestinians and is a backer of the PA.