Hungary keen to support Egypt’s developmental efforts: President Áder

Ahram Online , Wednesday 13 Oct 2021

President János Áder expressed Hungary’s keenness to support Egypt’s developmental efforts in a meeting with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in Budapest on Tuesday.

Egypt s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (L) holds talks with his Hungarian counterpart, President J nos der, in Budapest, 12 October 2021. Egyptian Presidency

El-Sisi has been on an official visit to the Hungarian capital since Monday, when he attended a summit for the Visegrád Group in which he tackled Egypt’s efforts to fight terrorism and block illegal immigration to Europe.

Áder expressed during his meeting with El-Sisi following the summit his country’s keenness to extend its support to Egypt in all fields by exchanging expertise and fostering joint investments, a statement by the Egyptian presidency read.

El-Sisi, from his side, said that Hungarian investments and industries currently have an opportunity to enter the Egyptian market and enjoy the country’s modern infrastructure and its access to African markets.

The two leaders also discussed a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern, especially the developments in Libya, Afghanistan, as well as joint efforts to face the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic.

Áder hailed Egypt’s role in consolidating stability in the Middle East and Africa as well as its efforts to combat illegal immigration, ensure co-existence among religions, and back peaceful solutions to the region’s crises.

The Hungarian president stressed that his country fully understands the Egyptian stance towards the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and the importance of the River Nile’s water to Egypt, affirming that settling the GERD dispute should enhance stability in the entire region.

Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia recently expressed their readiness to engage in the African Union-sponsored negotiations to resolve their decade-long dispute over the mega dam Addis Ababa is building on the Blue Nile.

In this regard, El-Sisi reiterated on Tuesday Egypt’s stance on the need to reach a legally binding agreement that regulates the filling and operation of the dam based on international law and the UN Security Council’s presidential statement, which was issued in mid-September, encouraging the three sides to return to the negotiation table of the AU.

The two leaders also hailed the ongoing level of cooperation and coordination between Egypt and Hungary in the management of water resources, especially water treatment plants.

Since 1926, Hungary’s manufacturer Ganz EEPM has delivered more than 200 complete pumping stations to Egypt, according to the company’s website.

Áder also lauded Egypt’s recent steps regarding the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, which led to consolidating calm between the Israeli and Palestinian sides and improving the Palestinians’ humanitarian conditions.

Egypt, through diplomatic efforts, has urged the revival of the peace process between the Israeli and Palestinian sides to ensure Palestinians’ legitimate rights, ease regional tensions, and achieve stability in the Middle East.

Such efforts included a meeting between El-Sisi and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett last month in Egypt, marking the first time an Israeli PM has made a visit to Egypt in a decade.

Additionally, in May, Egypt sponsored a ceasefire deal between Israel and Palestinian factions within the Gaza Strip to end an 11-day episode of Israeli military aggression on Gaza, during which more than 250 Palestinians, including 66 children, were killed.

Egypt also pledged $500 million for the reconstruction of Gaza in the aftermath of the Israeli attacks.

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