Germany's Merkel to visit Egypt in March, says ambassador in Berlin
Ahram Online , Wednesday 8 Feb 2017
The visit comes amid efforts to strengthen bilateral relations between Egypt and Germany

Cairo's Ambassador in Berlin Badr Abdel-Atti has stated that Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to visit Egypt next month, to discuss bilateral ties and economic cooperation with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

Abdel-Atti's statement came during a press conference on the sidelines of the Fruit Logistica exhibition held in Berlin.

In January, leaders of both countries discussed in a phone call cooperation on counterterrorism efforts as well as recent regional and international developments.

Egypt and Germany have strengthened relations over the past few years.

Earlier this year, Germany removed last restrictions imposed on airliners to South Sinai in the wake of a Russian plane crash over the Egyptian peninsula in October 2015.

Germans accounted for the greatest number of tourists to visit Egypt in 2016, at 655,000 people, according to a foreign ministry statement.

Egypt's President El-Sisi met with the German chancellor in May 2015, on his first official visit to Europe.