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Kerry discusses regional issues with Egyptian President in Delhi

Updated: Sep 02, 2016 16:32 IST

New Delhi [India], Sep. 2 (ANI): United States Secretary of State John Kerry met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in New Delhi to discuss bilateral and regional issues, including Syria, Libya and Middle East peace.

US State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner said Secretary Kerry during the meeting yesterday stressed that Egypt remains a strategic partner of the United States and that the two countries can cooperate to support the Government of National Accord in Libya and counter violent extremism in the region.

During the meeting, Kerry also welcomed the Egyptian Government's efforts to undertake critical economic reforms supported by the International Monetary Fund.

On Syria, Kerry updated President al-Sisi on Washington's efforts to bring durable, nationwide cessation of hostilities, open full access for humanitarian assistance to all areas in need and restart a Syrian-led process in Geneva on a political transition.

The two also discussed ongoing efforts toward achieving a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians.

Kerry also highlighted the importance of protecting human rights and fostering democratic values and institutions. (ANI)