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Egypt's Sisi to meet with Chinese official, New Zealand foreign minister

Beijing and Cairo have spoken of strengthening economic cooperation; New Zealand is about to head up the UN Security Council

Ahram Online , Monday 1 Jun 2015
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New Zealand's Foreign Minister Murray McCully (Photo: Reuters)
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi will meet with Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi Monday in Cairo, Al-Ahram's Arabic news website reported, and will also hold a separate meeting with New Zealand's Foreign Minister Murray McCully.

El-Sisi visited China in December where he met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

China's Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng said at Egypt's Economic Development Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh in March that economic cooperation between Egypt and China has been increasing in the communications and energy sectors, among others, offering over 10,000 job opportunities.

He also said that China also intends to cooperate further in Egypt through investments in the Suez Canal development as well as in the clean energy, culture and tourism sectors.

Egypt was approved in April as a founding member of the Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

New Zealand will take up the presidency of the United Nations Security Council in July.

McCully has said that the Middle East peace process will be high on the agenda in his meeting with El-Sisi, and is planning to meet with a number of Middle Eastern actors in June in preparation.

"In 2016, New Zealand and Egypt will serve together on the Security Council. In Cairo discussions will focus on mutual security concerns like Syria, and ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), as well as gaining an Egyptian perspective," on the Middle East peace process, he was reported as saying in a statement.

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