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Egypt's Sisi and Germany's Merkel to inaugurate megaproject in Egypt

The two leaders will inaugurate the first phase of a Siemens project to build three new power plants in Egypt

Mahmoud Aziz , Thursday 2 Mar 2017
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File Photo: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (R) and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) at an earlier meeting in Germany's Berlin (Photo: Reuters)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to arrive in Cairo Thursday on a two-day visit to meet with Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, and to inaugurate with her counterpart the first phase of a Siemens megaproject. 
 
The two leaders are scheduled to hold a press conference shortly after their meeting.
 
Sisi and Merkel will inaugurate via video conference the first phase of a project managed by the German company Siemens to build three new power plants in Bani Suef , Kafr Al-Sheikh and New Administrative Capital.
 
On her first visit to the country since 2007, Merkel is scheduled to meet Al-Azhar's Grand Imam Ahmed Al-Tayeb and Coptic patriarch Pope Tawadros II.
 
In a press conference two days ahead of the visit, Germany's Ambassador to Cairo Julius Georg Luy said illegal migration and combating terrorism would be among the key issues the leaders discuss, adding that Germany supports Egypt in fighting terrorism both domestically and abroad.
 
Egypt and Germany have strengthened economic, military and political ties over the past three years. 

El-Sisi met with the German chancellor in Berlin in May, 2015 during his first official visit to Europe.

The German company Siemens signed in 2015 an 8 billion euro ($9.05 billion) deal with Egypt to build gas and wind power plants to ease the country's electric power shortages. 

In 2014, Egypt signed a deal to buy three German submarines.

A submarine built by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems was delivered to Cairo in 2016. Two more German submarines destined for Egypt are currently under construction. 

In November, the German passenger flights resumed to Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport, putting an end to a one-year ban on flights to the Red Sea resort city after a Russian passenger plane crashed in Sinai in late 2015. 

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