Sisi offers Iraqi leaders Egypt’s full support amid government palace storming – Foreign Affairs – Egypt

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi

According to the Egyptian presidency, El-Sisi told Al-Kadhimi that Egypt is ready to exert all efforts to safeguard Iraq’s security and open a path for dialogue and put an end to the current escalation.

Al-Khadimi was visiting Egypt last week to attend a meeting with four Arab leaders but had to cut his visit short due to developments.

For his part, Al-Kadhimi expressed his appreciation for President El-Sissi’s keenness to follow the situation in Iraq within the framework of the deep relations between the two countries and their people, the presidency said.

The Egyptian president also expressed Egypt’s full support for Iraq under the current circumstances to his Iraqi counterpart, President Braham Salih, in another phone call, according to the presidency.

El-Sisi stressed the importance of dialogue and a path of understanding that places Iraq’s interest above any other consideration to safeguard the country’s sovereignty, stability and security.

Egypt stands ready, together with other Arab states, to support joint efforts to end any escalation and confrontation, he added.

For his part, the Iraqi president expressed his extreme appreciation for President Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi and Egypt’s historic support for Iraq.

Egyptian-Iraqi relations have improved in recent years and El-Sisi visited Baghdad in June 2021 to become the first Egyptian president to visit Iraq since former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990. .

“I follow the current situation in Iraq with concern, and I am saddened by the current development of this brotherly country, which has strong historical ties with Egypt,” President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said on his accounts. of social networks, adding that Egypt fully supports the security and stability of Iraq as well as the security of its own people

“I call on all Iraqi parties to put Iraq’s supreme interest first in order to overcome the political crisis through dialogue in a way that provides stability, stability and prosperity for all Iraqis,” said the Egyptian president.

Fifteen protesters were killed on Monday after supporters of cleric Moqtada Sadr stormed the government palace in Baghdad’s Green Zone after the powerful Shia leader said he was quitting politics early on Monday.

Iraq has been in a political stalemate since parliamentary elections in October last year, due to a disagreement between Shia factions over forming a coalition.

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