Egypt, Romania presidents tackle trade cooperation, regional crises

Ahram Online , Wednesday 27 Oct 2021

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi discussed with his Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis means of developing cooperation between both countries, particularly in the energy, investment, industry, trade, and tourism fields, the two leaders said in a presser following a meeting in Cairo on Wednesday.



Egypt and Romania agreed on holding the fourth meeting of the Egyptian-Romanian committee to promote economic, trade, and technical cooperation, President El-Sisi said.

El-Sisi hailed the convocation of the Egyptian-Romanian economic forum on the sidelines of the Romanian president's visit to Egypt, regarding the forum as a link between businessmen and major companies from both countries to explore more investment opportunities and incentives offered by the Egyptian government to investors.

Iohannis said he expects the joint committee will play a "critical" role in enhancing bilateral ties, expressing his aspiration that the new round would develop cooperation in the fields of defence, energy, agricultural, and others.

Egypt and Romania represent "integrated" trade markets in the region, added Iohannis.

Monday's meeting comes as both countries celebrate the 115th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties between Cairo and Bucharest.




Middle East and East Mediterranean issues

El-Sisi and Iohannis exchanged views on a host of regional and international issues, especially in the Middle East and East Mediterranean regions. 

El-Sisi reiterated Egypt's support of adopting peaceful means to resolve regional disputes as per international law. 

The Egyptian president stressed the importance of holding the Libyan elections as scheduled on 24 December to allow the Libyans to select a "unified" government to safeguard the security and stability of Libya.

El-Sisi also called for committing to United Nations resolutions, including the Security Council's decision "calling for the exit of all mercenaries and foreign troops from Libyan territories" to prevent the exploitation of "Libyan territories to serve the goals of other parties." 

Egypt’s president reaffirmed support to the UN envoy's efforts to reach a political settlement in Syria in line with the Geneva Declaration and Security Council Resolution 2245 by rejecting some parties' attempts to impose the status quo either through violating Syria's sovereignty or introducing demographic changes.

The meeting also stressed, El-Sisi noted, the importance of settling the Palestinian issue based on the two-state solution to enable the Palestinian people to establish their independent state.

Both leaders agreed to continue to cooperate to combat irregular migration and its root causes. 

"Regional crises and disputes are the primary cause behind the [irregular migration] phenomenon," El-Sisi added.

The meeting also tackled international, regional, and demostic efforts to combat terrorism, and the states that sponsor terrorist organisations by providing safe havens, media platforms, and weapons for terrorists.

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