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Foreign Minister Navarro had arrived in Cairo two nights past. His staff had taken the time to settle in to what would become the Kurdish embassy to the Egyptians, while he reviewed the situation and his objectives. Now he was standing before the Egyptian Foreign Minister, whom he had just exchanged greetings with.

 

“Kurdistan”, he launched directly into business, “is interested in establishing formal relations with Egypt. There are several issues we wish to discuss. Firstly, we wish to secure free passage for our citizens to the holy sites of Christendom, Judaism, and Islam. Secondly, we wish to ensure that the regions of Western Asia remain free of imperialist aggression, and especially colonial interests. And finally, we wish to establish formal trade relations between our nations.”

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The Holy sites are usually open to visitors from all nations. Defensive measures must be taken as part of stewardship, but these sites are the heritage of mankind and it is part of our duty to ensure that political considerations impede as lightly as possible on the freedom of worship and conscience. We do not foresee any problems with your state in the future that would require such measures, especially given your openness to positive relations.

As for colonialism, we have taken note of your protection of Arabia, and have had similar actions of our own in east Africa. We are content with the status quo; so long as Egyptian holds in Arabia are not questioned, and Arabia is not held by any power hostile to our continued existence, non-Egyptian Arabia is of relatively little importance to us. We have expressed concerns over colonialism in Africa, however, and so a general policy against meddling by Europe in the region would be consistent with our current policies. The Europeans seem to cause trouble wherever they go; should a hostile European power attempt to illegally seize lands in western Asia, it would of course concern us.

On the topic of trade, the Egyptian economy is heavily regulated and advanced. What sorts of economic agreements were you thinking of proposing? Supporting domestic interests is first and foremost the priority of the Egyptian state, but it is also important to us to secure our ability to import a vast variety of products from all over the world. The Suez and the holy sites have brought much trade through our lands. What could you offer us that would be beneficial?

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Minister Navarro nodded along while his Egyptian counterpart spoke, and was smiling by the end. “I am happy to hear that Kurdistani citizens will not be barred from traveling to the holy sites. I'm also happy to hear of Egypt's anti-colonial stance. I think that Kurdistan would be willing to negotiate a treaty of some sort, to provide assistance should Egypt require it in maintaining this stance. As for our economic interests; Kurdistan wishes to build a central rail line to connect all of West Asia. We have already begun within our borders, and within the Ottoman Empire. Persia's rail lines will connect to ours as well. We'd like to see a similar network placed in Egypt, and our Rail Corporation is well suited to laying down such a network. Additionally, we would like to invite Egypt, as an oil producing nation, to join Kurdistan and Persia in our oil producer's committee, to ensure that all three of our nations enjoy the profits and benefits of our shared industry, rather than undercutting one another.”

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