Acting U.S. Under Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Visits Egypt

Deputy Foreign Minister for U.S. Affairs Mahy Abdel Latif meets with Acting Deputy Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Yael Lempert on April 24, 2022. Press photo

CAIRO – April 25, 2022: Assistant Foreign Minister for US Affairs Ambassador Mahy Abdel Latif received Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Yael Lempert on Sunday evening.

The meeting touched on bilateral relations as Lempert highlighted the increase in trade between the two countries and the flow of US investments in Egypt.

As for the regional affairs mentioned, these are the Palestinian cause and the efforts made to relaunch the peace process, the evolution of the Libyan scene and the internal situation in Yemen.

Regarding the Palestinian cause, the two sides agreed to continue work to achieve pacification, with the US side praising Egyptian efforts to ensure stability.

The US delegation also appreciated the Egyptian positions that support the truce in Yemen and strive to reach a settlement. In turn, Egyptian diplomats pledged to pursue all attempts that can help ensure security and stability in Yemen and all countries in the region.

On April 1, a two-month nationwide truce was agreed between the warring parties in Yemen, which would allow oil imports to enter Houthi strongholds and increased flights from Sanaa airport.

UN special envoy Hans Grundberg said the truce, which is the first of its kind since 2016, can be renewed, if there is congruence between the parties involved. It should be noted that the truce began on Saturday which marked the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.

The ceasefire should relieve Yemenis of their suffering for some time, as 80% of the population depends on aid amid a collapse of all necessary services, including health care.

The agreement provides for the suspension of all military operations, including cross-border ones, and allows tankers to transport fuel into the Houthi-held port of Hodeidah as well as the landing and take-off of commercial flights at the international airport. from Sanaa “to predetermined destinations in the region”. “, according to Reuters.

A week before the declaration of the truce, the Houthis admitted to being behind drone attacks that targeted Aramco’s petroleum products distribution station in Jeddah, causing a fire in two storage tanks without causing any casualties.

Other major attacks carried out by the Houthis in early 2022 are the launching of ballistic missiles against Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, so the Iran-backed group fired two ballistic missiles towards the United Arab Emirates and a third to Jazan in Saudi Arabia.

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