Egypt, Serbia seek to enhance energy, tourism and military cooperation

Ahram Online , Sunday 12 Dec 2021

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Serbian Parliament Speaker Ivica Dacic discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations in the fields of health, energy and tourism, as well as military cooperation, during a meeting in Cairo on Sunday.

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The meeting also dealt with the latest regional and international developments of common interest, including the Palestinian issue, in addition to means of consolidating security and stability in the region in light of Serbia's balanced stances towards supporting Arab causes.

El-Sisi highlighted the century-old relations between Egypt and Serbia, expressing Egypt's aspiration to strengthen bilateral cooperation mechanisms at various levels.

He noted that Egypt’s massive nationwide development projects provide “huge” investment and industrial opportunities, Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Bassm Rady said in a statement.

During the meeting, Dacic praised the "pivotal" role Cairo plays in consolidating peace and stability in the Middle East, Africa and the Mediterranean, hailing the "positive" economic developments in Egypt under the leadership of President El-Sisi.

He also voiced his country's interest in developing relations with Egypt in all fields and activating Egyptian-Serbian cooperation mechanism, especially at the parliamentary level, the statement added.

The meeting was attended by Hanafy El-Gebali, speaker of Egypt's House of Representatives.

Both countries have formed a joint committee for economic and trade exchange and cooperation.

In July, both countries signed a military cooperation protocol in Cairo in the presence of Egypt’s Defence Minister Mohamed Zaki and Serbia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic.

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