Egypt one of Germany's main partners in Middle East: Angela Merkel

Ahram Online , Wednesday 20 Nov 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) greets Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (L) upon his arrival for a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on November 20, 2019 AFP

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met on Wednesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the headquarters of the Federal Chancellery in Berlin, on the sidelines of the G20 Compact with Africa (CwA) summit, held in Berlin.

Egyptian presidency spokesperson, Bassam Rady said Merkel welcomed El-Sisi's visit to Berlin, and praised the close ties between Egypt and Germany, especially the economic and trade relations.
Merkel pointed out that Egypt is one of Germany's most important partners in the Middle East, being a fundamental pillar of stability and security in the region, Rady added.
Meanwhile, the president expressed his appreciation of the meeting with the German chancellor, praising the qualitative leap in bilateral relations in all fields.
El-Sisi stressed that Egypt looks forward to maximising bilateral cooperation, enhancing political coordination, and exchanging views on issues of mutual interest.
The president is interested in doubling German investments in Egypt and boosting economic cooperation between the two sides, especially in light of the reforms the Egyptian government embarked on to improve the legislative environment to increase investments and boost the country's business climate, Rady stated.
He added that the meeting tackled means to coordinate efforts with Egypt, being a leading partner of the European Union in the fight against terrorism and illegal immigration, as well as the latest developments in several regional and international issues of mutual concern, such as the Libyan crisis.
Both sides agreed on joint efforts to resolve the situation in Libya in a comprehensive manner to contribute to eliminating terrorism, preserving the resources of the state and its national institutions, and restricting foreign intervention. 
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