U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) released a statement after visiting Egypt. The bipartisan, bicameral delegation met with the President of Egypt Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
“Today, I joined members of a congressional delegation for a productive meeting with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi of Egypt.
“We had a lengthy and candid exchange with the President of Egypt about the opportunities and challenges facing our nations. We also acknowledged that the strategic relationship between our countries has helped support stability in the region and has proven to be important to American national security.
“Egypt has long been a strategic partner to the United States and has benefitted from its peace treaty with the State of Israel. Looking forward, I was pleased to hear that President El-Sisi is closely following the ongoing efforts to normalize relationships between Israel and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
“President El-Sisi agreed with our delegation that we have the opportunity to bring even more stability to the region by normalizing relations between these two important allies.
According to a written statement from the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Sisi met with a high-level delegation of Democrats and Republicans in the US Congress in the capital, Cairo.
The President of Egypt and members of the US Congress discussed regional and international developments, as well as ways to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.
The officials of the two countries discussed many files, including the Russia-Ukraine crisis and its economic repercussions, the Sudan, Libya, Syria crises and the developments in the Palestinian issue.
During the meeting, the parties agreed on the importance of accelerating political solutions for states in crisis in a way that would protect the unity of states, their territorial integrity and their peoples.
During the meeting, President Sisi said that “International efforts should be increased to reach a just and comprehensive solution that guarantees the rights of the Palestinian people and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in accordance with relevant international resolutions.”
The statement did not provide information about how long the American delegation’s visit to Cairo would last.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Samih Shukri was present at the meeting with the delegation, which also included the Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Robert Menendez and US Senate Member Lindsey Graham.