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Egypt's Sisi meets South Sudan's Salva Kiir on sidelines of FOCAC summit in Beijing

The Egyptian President is set to attend on Monday the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation FOCAC 2018

Ahram Online, Monday 3 Sep 2018
File Photo: A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (R) shaking hands with South Sudan's President Salva Kiir at the presidential palace in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, January 10, 2017.(AFP)
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met on Monday with his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir on the sidelines of the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation FOCAC 2018, which is set to be held in Beijing later in the day.

"The meeting discussed pushing forward cooperation between both countries as well as the recent political and security developments in South Sudan," Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said in a press statement from Beijing.

''Egypt reaffirms its support for the political road map that has been drawn up in South Sudan and will continue to provide support to the formulated political agreement," Shoukry added.

El-Sisi started an official three-day visit to China on Saturday, heading a top level official delegation, where he was received by his Chinese Counterpart Xi Jinping at the People's Great Hall. He is set to attend the forum later on Monday.

The Egyptian President attended the signing of a number of agreements and contracts with Chinese companies to implement projects in Egypt worth $18.3 billion on Sunday.

El-Sisi also met with Chinese officials and business CEOs as well as African leaders, including the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, following a visit to the Communist Party Academy.

Earlier on Sunday, El-Sisi met with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang where they discussed ways to boost the Egyptian-Chinese bilateral relations especially in the economic field.

The Egyptian President also met with CEOs of leading Chinese companies working in Egypt where they discussed the country's steps to attract foreign direct investments as well as strategic and economic relations between Cairo and Beijing.

El-Sisi’s delegation in China includes Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr, Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker, and the Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority Mohab Mamish.


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