CAIRO: Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Spanish counterpart Jose Manuel Albares discussed boosting bilateral relations in Madrid. 

Shoukry affirmed his aspiration to see an increase in trade and Spanish direct investments in sectors such as infrastructure, transport, water, renewable energy and electric mobility.

The ministers discussed cooperation over climate change, Egypt’s hosting and presidency of COP27, and Spain’s support for strengthening the partnership between Egypt and the EU.

Ahmed Hafez, spokesman for Egypt’s Foreign Ministry, said they also discussed international and regional issues of common concern, including Ukraine, Palestine, Libya, and Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam.

Spain’s King Felipe VI also received Shoukry during his visit. Hafez said the meeting with the king touched on regional and international issues of common interest.