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2,500 Egyptians to be given annual scholarships from Japan: Presidency

Ahram Online , Monday 29 Feb 2016
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Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi delivers a speech at the House of Representatives of the Diet in Tokyo on February 29, 2016. (AFP)
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The government of Japan will issue annual scholarships for 2,500 Egyptian students and interns for five years in order to develop Egyptian human resources and enhance their skills, Egypt's presidency said in a statement on Monday amid an ongoing visit by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to Tokyo.

In an interview with Japanese news outlet Asahi Shimbun published on Saturday, El-Sisi said that he aims to send 100,000 Egyptian students to study in Japan, saying that Tokyo's educational system "stresses discipline."

El-Sisi, who is on a three-nation Asian tour, held talks on Sunday with senior Japanese officials including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Emperor Akihito, and gave a speech in front of the Japanese parliament on Monday.

Egypt will sign three concessional loan agreements with Japan, including a $155 million loan to expand Egypt's Borg Al-Arab Airport, located about 50km southwest of Alexandria, a source from Egypt’s International Cooperation Ministry told Ahram Online on Sunday.

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