Egypt, Bahrain, Jordan welcome regional summit in Saudi

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The three leaders welcomed the upcoming summit to be hosted by Saudi Arabia in July, comprising leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq and the US, reports Asian Lite Newsdesk

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has held a meeting with visiting Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Jordanian King Abdullah II in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh on cooperation in various fields as well as regional and international issues.

The three leaders discussed “mutual coordination towards various issues of common concern in addition to the latest developments on the regional and international arenas and the challenges facing the region,” said the Egyptian presidency in a statement on Sunday.

They stressed it is important to bolster the “brotherly and strategic” relationship between the three countries to higher levels to achieve common goals and interests, Xinhua news agency reported.

They also welcomed the upcoming summit to be hosted by Saudi Arabia in July, comprising leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq and the US, said the statement.

US President Joe Biden will make his first trip to the Middle East region next month, visiting Israel, West Bank and Saudi Arabia from July 13-16.

The three leaders affirmed at the end of the summit the need to continue coordination and consultation regarding the current issues so as to promote Arab national security and serve pan-Arab work. They also asserted support to all counterterrorism efforts to maintain security and stability.

Earlier in the day, Egyptian President Sisi met with visiting Bahrain’s King Hamad, discussing regional and international issues.

During a meeting on Saturday in the Red Sea resort city, the two leaders agreed to maximise bilateral coordination and cooperation to develop the joint Arab action system in a bid to safeguard Arab national security and enhance Arab capabilities, Xinhua news agency reported, citing an Egyptian presidential statement.

Sisi noted Egypt is ready to enhance bilateral cooperation with Bahrain in various fields, push forward development coordination in the Middle East, and strengthen unity and joint Arab action facing various regional and international challenges.

For his part, King Hamad praised the pivotal and well-established role of Egypt as the cornerstone of regional security and stability and acknowledged Egypt’s efforts in promoting joint Arab action at all levels.

He said the two countries have seen significant progress in political and economic relations, among other fields.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden will travel to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia at the invitation of Saudi King Salman, to attend a Summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council plus Egypt, Iraq, and Jordan (known as the GCC+3).

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Saudi Arabia is the current chair of the GCC and the venue for this gathering of nine leaders from across the region.

The trip to Israel is meant to “reinforce the United States’ iron-clad commitment to Israel’s security and prosperity” and by attending the GCC Summit the Biden administration intends to “advance US security, economic, and diplomatic interests in the region,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement.

Biden will discuss with other assembled leaders the energy crisis, the wars in Ukraine and Yemen, the Iranian nuclear file, cybersecurity and food security.

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