India's Sushma Swaraj to meet with El-Sisi on Monday
Ahram Online, , Monday 24 Aug 2015
India's external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj will also meet with Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukri as diplomatic relations continue

Egypt's president Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi will meet with Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday, Al-Ahram's Arabic news website reported.

The minister is in Cairo from 23 to 25 August.

She will also meet her Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukri, the foreign minister. Nabil Elaraby, secretary-general of the Arab League, will give a speech at the Diplomatic Club, Cairo, at an event hosted by the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, according to Indian media reports.

Egyptian ambassador to India Hossam Tag Eldin said the visit represents a new phase of cooperation between Egypt and India, in a foreign ministry statement on Sunday.

In July the Indian state minister of minority affairs and of parliamentary affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi visited Egypt and gave El-Sisi an official invitation on behalf of the Indian prime minister to participate in the third India-Africa Forum Summit in Delhi in October.

Trade between India and Egypt is worth $5.5 billion; in fact, India is Egypt's seventh largest trade partner, according to Egypt's State Information Service (SIS).

The Indian minister of shipping and transport Nitin Gadkari attended the opening ceremony of the new Suez Canal waterway on August 6 2015.

Ambassador Tag Eldin said Indian companies are willing to invest in the Suez Canal expansion project.

Around 50 Indian companies are operating in Egypt, employing some 35,000 Egyptians and investing $2.5 billion in the country, according to SIS.