The following press release was published by the Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State on April 13. It is reproduced in full below.
SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good morning, everyone. And Minister Sameh, welcome. It’s wonderful, as always, to have you here.
It’s a particular pleasure for me to be able to welcome the foreign minister. We were together just a few weeks ago in the Negev for what was an extraordinary occasion, a meeting with our counterparts from Israel, the UAE, Morocco, Bahrain, our two countries – a picture that would have been hard to imagine just a few years ago, except that, actually, Egypt would have imagined it, because Egypt was, many, many years ago.
The groundbreaker in establishing its relationship with Israel and, in so many ways since then, has been at the heart of stability in the region, working for peace, working for security, and doing so in strategic partnership with the United States, something that we deeply value and deeply appreciate.
So this is – we – when we saw each other we agreed it would be a good time to pursue our own conversations about that partnership that we will do today.