Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi discussed bilateral relations and a number of issues of common interest during a phone call Friday evening with Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, said presidential spokesperson Bassem Rady in a statement.
The Egyptian president expressed Cairo's desire to upgrade ties with Vienna, especially in the fields of investment and trade.
El Sisi also spoke to the Austrian Chancellor about Egypt's efforts in combating terrorism and achieving security and stability, as well as controlling the land and sea borders, which has resulted in preventing illegal immigration to Europe from the Egyptian coasts since September 2016.
The two leaders also discussed coordination on regional and international issues, as well as counterterrorism efforts.
Kurz reflected his country's desire to develop relations with Egypt across all levels, especially with development and infrastructure projects, in light of the firm steps Egypt has taken in implementing its economic reform program.
Kurz hailed Egypt's efforts in combating terrorism and achieving stability and security, particularly countering illegal migration to Europe, while saying that Austria, as the current president of the European Union, appreciates Egypt's role as a pivotal partner to maintain stability and peace in the Middle East.