Egypt’s president arrives in Budapest for Visegrad Group summit

Ahram Online , Monday 11 Oct 2021

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi flew to Budapest, Hungary, on Monday to take part in the Visegrad Group (V4) summit.

A file photo for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, left, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, June 5, 2015 (Photo: AP)

The Visegrad Group – comprised of Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic – was formed in 1991 with the aim of having member countries work together in a “number of fields of common interest within the all-European integration,” according to the group’s website.

This is Egypt’s second participation in the event. In 2017, Egypt was the first Middle Eastern and African country to take part in the summit.

The participation reflects the two parties' interest to bolster joint ties and exchange views on various issues of mutual interest, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said.

The summit is scheduled to tackle a series of subjects, including Egypt's role in the Middle East, cooperation to combat terrorism, illegal immigration, and energy security.

The talks will also address means of promoting trade, investment, and tourism and enhancing Egypt-European Union cooperation, Rady noted.

El-Sisi is scheduled to hold intensive bilateral talks with senior Hungarian officials, including Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and President János Áder, to discuss ways of bolstering political and economic ties as well as international and regional cooperation.


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