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Egyptian ministers head to Beijing ahead of Sisi visit

Ministers will discuss how to enhance Chinese commerce and investment in Egypt, especially in the electricity and energy sectors

MENA/Ahram Online, Monday 8 Dec 2014
Abdel Fattah El-Sisi
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi delivers a statement following a meeting with French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace in Paris, November 26, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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Egyptian ministers travelled to Beijing on Monday to prepare for President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's visit to China in a few days, according to state news agency MENA.

Trade and Industry Minister Mounir Fakhry Abdel-Nour, International Cooperation Minister Naglaa El-Ahwan, Investment Minister Ashraf Salman and Transportation Minister Hany Dahy will discuss how to enhance commerce with China and encourage Chinese investment in Egypt, especially in the electricity and energy sectors.

The ministers will meet with presidents of Chinese companies interested in investing in Egyptian infrastructure.

Electricity and Renewable Energy Minister Mohamed Shaker left for Beijing on Sunday to explore possible cooperation in the energy sector.

Investment Minister Ashraf Salman met with Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Song Aiguo in November to enhance Egyptian-Chinese relations and discuss ways to overcome problems that Chinese companies face in Egypt.

El-Sisi had recently met with Meng Jianzhu, special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping and secretary of Central Politics and Law Commission of the Communist Party of China, during which the Egyptian president received an official invitation to visit China in December.

Jianzhu stated during the meeting that Egyptian-Chinese relations would be upgraded to the level of "comprehensive strategic partnership," according to Egypt's State Information Service.

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