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The Egyptian Foreign Ministry announced yesterday that Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry was on his way to Washington for meetings with leaders of the U.S. Congress on Dec. 6, including the chairmen of the foreign policy committees in both the House and the Senate, with the aim of advancing and strengthening the strategic relations between Egypt and the U.S., reported the Egyptian daily Al Ahram.

Shoukry will also address a meeting of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. where he will emphasize Egypt’s pivotal role as a regional actor, highlighting its significance as a key mediator and a crucial access point for providing humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Shoukry will then join the Arab-Muslim ministerial delegation, set to visit Washington on Dec. 7, where they will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, several Congress members, and the U.S. media. Al Ahram notes that the delegation’s visit comes in line with the final resolution passed at the Joint Arab-Islamic Extraordinary Summit which had met in Riyadh on Nov. 11. The delegation is empowered to spearhead international action to formulate an end to the war in Gaza and tackle the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the besieged Strip.