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CAIRO: In a joint statement following the talks between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Egypt and Bahrain stressed the depth of relations between the two countries and the need for coordination and cooperation to meet the challenges of the region, maintain its security and achieve stability.

The joint statement was released after bilateral talks at Sakhir Palace in Manama.

The two countries affirmed “the unity of a common position and destiny towards all regional and international issues and developments of common concern”, and an “acceleration of the pace of economic cooperation for broader horizons that would support the common interests of the two brotherly countries”. ”

The two sides agreed to “coordinate joint efforts to combat terrorism and its organizations and prevent its financing, and to spare the region the dangers of destabilizing activities”.

They also stressed “support for Arab efforts to urge Iran to respect international principles of non-interference in the affairs of Arab countries, to preserve the principles of good neighborliness and to spare the region all destabilizing activities, including including support for armed militias and threatening shipping and international trade lines.

The two countries stressed “support for international efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, to ensure the peace of Iran’s nuclear program, to strengthen the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency, to maintain the non-proliferation regime and to stress the importance of supporting efforts to establish a zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.

Regarding the Renaissance Dam crisis, the Bahraini leader expressed “the full support of the Kingdom of Bahrain for Egyptian water security as an integral part of Arab water security”, and urged Ethiopia to abandon its unilateral policy on international rivers and respect international laws relating to the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

He also stressed “the need to negotiate in good faith with Egypt and Sudan to reach a binding legal agreement in this regard, pursuant to the presidential statement issued by the Security Council in September 2021, in a manner which avoids the damage caused by this situation”. project to downstream countries and strengthens cooperation between the peoples of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.

The Bahraini side expressed its full solidarity with the Arab Republic of Egypt in all the measures it takes to protect its national security.

On the Yemeni issue, both sides affirmed their support for international efforts aimed at finding a comprehensive political solution to the Yemeni crisis, in accordance with approved international benchmarks, and for the Saudi initiative to end the Yemeni crisis. They also expressed their full support for the Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council in fulfilling its constitutional responsibilities “to ensure security, stability and development in Yemen”.

They also affirmed their support for the United Nations armistice agreement in Yemen and welcomed the announcement of its extension. The Bahraini side appreciated Egypt’s response to the request of the legitimate Yemeni government and the United Nations to operate direct flights between Cairo and Sanaa in support of this armistice and to alleviate the humanitarian suffering of the Yemeni people. .

Both sides welcomed the upcoming summit to be hosted by Saudi Arabia between the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, Jordan and Egypt, and the Iraqi Prime Minister with US President Joe Biden.