Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has reiterated his call on uniting efforts to fight terrorism in the wake of the St Paul Church bombing in Cairo Sunday that killed 26 with dozens injured.
"The terrorist church bombing reflects again the importance of uniting international efforts to fight terrorism and eliminate its roots," El-Sisi said Saturday during a meeting with Volcar Chowder, the head of the parliamentary bloc of the ruling coalition in the German Bundestag.
A statement from the presidency said that El-Sisi hailed cooperation with Germany and seeks to reinforce bilateral relations, especially on an economic level.
The president also said that Egypt is working hard to develop its economy and resolve its structural dysfunctions that have hampered its progress for years.
El-Sisi also underlined the importance of cooperation between the two countries to confront common challenges resulting from current crises in the region, including illegal immigration, calling for a comprehensive strategy to deal with the phenomenon, and to reach political settlements to current disputes in the region.
Presidency spokesman Alaa Youssef said that Chowder expressed his condolences to the victims of the church bombing and praised the way Egyptian authorities dealt with the incident, including acting swiftly to see its perpetrators brought to justice.
Chowder also hailed progress in bilateral relations over the past few years, expressing his appreciation for the pivotal role of Egypt in the Middle East as a pillar of stability and security, along with its efforts in fighting terrorism.
Chowder also said that Germany is keen to boost economic cooperation with Egypt and help in its development efforts. He praised the Egyptian government's latest reforms and the awareness of the Egyptian people.
He added that Germany is willing to provide Egypt all the support it needs in its development pathway, including in education, technical training and job creation.