Egypt's Sisi, Germany's Merkel discuss economy, security issues in Munich

Ahram Online , Saturday 16 Feb 2019

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, welcomes the President of Egypt Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, left, for a bilateral meeting during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (AP)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi discussed with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday the means to boost investment with Germany, while highlighting the special Egyptian-German relationship.

During the meeting, El-Sisi hailed Germany's support for Egypt's battle against terrorism and extremism, as well as for the economic reform programme Egypt began implementing in 2016.

The two leaders said that they touched on irregular migration, combating terrorism, as well as international and regional issues of mutual concern.

They discussed the situations in Libya and Syria, stressing the importance of supporting the efforts of the UN envoy in Syria.

The pair also discussed issues related to the African continent, as Egypt is this year’s chair of the African Union. 

The two leaders last met in October in Berlin where they discussed Germany's support for Egypt's economy and education, its efforts to encourage German investors to put money into Egypt, and Egypt's efforts to combat illegal migration and terrorism.

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