President Sisi starts two-day official visit to Bahrain in second leg of Gulf tour

Ahram Online , Tuesday 28 Jun 2022

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi arrived in Bahraini capital Manama on Tuesday for a two-day official visit in the second stop of his Gulf tour, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady has announced.

Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi   King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi with Bahrain s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa during his arrival ceremony to Bahrain .

President El-Sisi was received an official reception ceremony by King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa upon his arrival at Manama Airport and the Royal Al-Sakhir Palace.

The Egyptian President is set to hold talks with Bahrain’s King Hamad to discuss regional and international issues of mutual concerns that require concerted efforts to protect Arab national security and confront attempts to destabilise and interfere in domestic affairs of Arab countries, Rady said in a previous statement.

El-Sisi started his Gulf tour on Monday with a two-day visit to Oman, where he met Sultan Haitham bin Tarik. The two leaders stressed that the security and stability of Yemen are of maximum importance within the framework of security of the Arab region and Red Sea states.

On 18 June, El-Sisi received the Bahraini King in Sharm El-Sheikh, where both leaders reviewed prospects of cooperation in economic and investment fields and discussed regional and international issues.

The volume of trade exchange between Egypt and Bahrain recorded $917.2 million in 2021, according to Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS), up from $401 million in 2020.

Bahrain’s investments in Egypt stand at $3.2 billion through 216 projects, according to the Bahraini ambassador to Cairo in June 2021.

During King Hamad's visit, El-Sisi hosted a trilateral summit with the participation of Jordanian King Abdullah II, who arrived a day later.

During the summit, President El-Sisi affirmed Egypt’s keenness to expand cooperation with both countries and boost joint Arab action to face regional and international challenges.

Egyptian-Gulf ties

El-Sisi’s Gulf tour comes less than three weeks before the GCC+3 Summit, which will be held in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah on 15 July. The summit 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 received the UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on Sunday.

The meeting discussed enhancing bilateral relations and means to boost Emirati investments in Egypt in various fields, especially energy, ports, and transportation.

The president also 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.

During the meeting, Emir Tamim affirmed his keenness to continue boosting Egyptian-Qatari cooperation in various fields by maximising investments in Egypt.

Additionally, last Monday, the Egyptian president received Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Cairo.

During the visit, Egypt and Saudi Arabia signed 14 investment agreements valued at $7.7 billion in several fields, including petroleum, renewable energy, green hydrogen, IT, e-commerce, pharmaceuticals, infrastructure, and cyber security.

Moreover, Saudi Arabia plans to make investments worth $30 billion in Egypt, according to a joint Saudi-Egyptian communique issued in light of the crown prince’s visit.

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