El-Sisi is scheduled to meet with Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tarik and his visit will witness discussions on a number of issues of mutual concern as well as a host of topics in light of the recent regional and international developments.
It will also aim to “consolidate the brotherly and deeply rooted relations between the two countries and enhance bilateral cooperation,” ONA reported quoting the Omani Royal Court of Affairs.
This will be El-Sisi’s second visit to Oman. The first visit was in 2018, when he headed to Muscat for a three-day official visit in which he met with late sultan Qaboos bin Said. It was the first time an Egyptian president went to Oman since 2009.
In January 2020, when bin Said passed away at the age of 79 after nearly 50 years of reigning over the sultanate, El-Sisi declared a three-day period of mourning and Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly headed to Oman to offer Egypt’s condolences.
Egypt’s House of Representatives also declared an official mourning period with flags be flown at half-mast for three days in honour of the deceased monarch.
Established in 2019 to enhance economic cooperation between the two countries, the Egyptian-Omani Joint Business Council held its 15th round in January in the Omani capital of Muscat, where Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry urged the Omani private sector and businessmen to expand their presence in Egypt.
Shoukry also called on them to maximise their direct investments in Egypt and benefit from the giant developmental and economic projects that the country is carrying out.
Trade exchange between Egypt and Oman amounted to $500 million in 2020, according to previous statements by Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry Nevine Gamea.
Moreover, Omani investments in the Egyptian market reached $77.5 million through 92 companies in the fields of industry, tourism, construction, and agriculture.
Egyptian investments in the Omani market also amounted to $680 million, with 142 companies specialised in the fields of infrastructure, road projects, and real estate investment.
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The visit comes less than three weeks before the upcoming Gulf Cooperation Council GCC+3 Summit that will be held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on 15 July and will bring together leaders of the GCC in addition to Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, and the US.
In the lead-up to the summit, El-Sisi met on Friday with Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, who visited Egypt for the first time since Cairo and Doha resumed diplomatic relations last year after signing the Al-Ula Declaration that ended an over three-year-long diplomatic rift.
The Egyptian President also met with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman on Monday in the Egyptian capital and held a trilateral summit with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa and Jordan’s King Abdullah II last week in Sharm El-Sheikh.