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Egypt's Sisi hails bilateral relations with Japan after meeting PM Abe at G20 Summit

The Japanese prime minister said that near future will witness more joint project agreed upon during Sisi's visit to Japan in February

Ahram Online , Sunday 4 Sep 2016
Sisi, Abe
A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency on 29 Feb., 2016, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (L) shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) prior to their meeting at Abe's official residence in Tokyo. (Photo: Egyptian Presidency)
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Egypt's President Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi on Sunday met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China, the third meeting in less than two years.

According to Egypt’s presidency spokesman Alaa Youssef, El-Sisi hailed bilateral relations between the two countries, hoping to increase joint cooperation in various fields, especially development, economic investment and education.

For his part, the Japanese prime minister said that the upcoming period would witness the implementation of more joint projects agreed upon during El-Sisi's visit to Japan in February, particularly in the fields of energy, health and infrastructure.

He also underlined the importance of promoting cultural, scientific and technological cooperation, noting his country's continued support for the establishment of the Egypt-Japan University for Science and Technology.

Egypt's president arrived in China's Hangzhou for the G20 Summit where Egypt is a guest of honour Saturday.

El-Sisi met with the Japanese prime minister in February in Tokyo, during a trip in which he addressed the Japanese parliament, becoming the first Arab president to do so.

In February, Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation Sahar Nasr signed three concessional loan agreements with the Japan International Cooperation Agency worth more than $450 million, earmarked to finance projects in the energy and transport sectors.

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