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Egyptian foreign policy influences declining, minister admits

April 5, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Iran is a priority for Egyptian foreign policy and cannot be overlooked; the Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said.

In an interview with Al-Seyasa Al-Dawleya magazine, Fahmy said that Iran should realise that enhancing relations with world powers at the expense of its relations with Middle East would not serve its interests.

Fahmy added that the Palestinian issue tops Egyptian foreign policy priorities because it constitutes the core of conflicts in the region.

“Egypt supported the efforts of US Secretary of State John Kerry for the resumption of negotiations between Palestinian and Israeli sides on the final status negotiations, provided that they are conducive to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the borders of June 4, 1967 with East Jerusalem as the capital,” he said.

Moreover, Fahmy admitted the “declining influence of Egyptian foreign policy recently” not just in terms of the volume of foreign policy activities, but also in the content of these activities if compared to the past.