Office of the Spokesperson
Department of State
September 1, 2016
The following is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner:
Secretary Kerry met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi tonight in New Delhi, India, where they discussed a full range of bilateral and regional issues, including Syria, Libya, and Middle East peace. Secretary Kerry stressed that Egypt remains a strategic partner of the United States. On Libya, they discussed how the United States and Egypt can cooperate to support the Government of National Accord and counter violent extremism in the region. Secretary Kerry also welcomed the Egyptian government’s efforts to undertake critical economic reforms supported by the International Monetary Fund. On Syria, the Secretary updated President al-Sisi on our work to put in place a 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. Secretary Kerry also highlighted the importance of protecting human rights and fostering democratic values and institutions.