Egypt keen to boost trade, investments with Tunisia: Sisi tells Saied

Ahram Online , Friday 9 Dec 2022

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi stressed Egypt’s keenness to boost trade and investments with Tunisia in a meeting with his Tunisian counterpart, Kais Saied, in Riyadh on Friday, Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.

Sisi, Saied


The two leaders met on the sidelines of the China-Arab Summit, taking place in the Saudi capital Friday.

The China-Arab summit, to be held with the participation of Chinese President Xi Jinping and various Arab leaders, seeks to further economic and commercial integration between Beijing and the Arab countries.

The Egyptian president hailed the brotherly relations between Egypt and Tunisia, wishing success for Saied in running the state during this important juncture in Tunisian history.

El-Sisi stressed Egypt’s keenness to push forward bilateral cooperation with Tunisia in all fields, especially by enhancing communication, maximising trade exchange and boosting investments.

For his part, Saied hailed the firm relations binding Egypt and Tunisia on the official and popular levels.

Saied hailed Egypt’s achievements over the past years in security, stability and domestic development.

The Tunisian president also hailed Egypt’s prominent political weight on the regional and international level, highlighting its positive effect on Arab and African work to reach political settlements for the ongoing crises in the region.

Egyptian-Tunisian relations

Egypt and Tunisia have been enhancing their bilateral relations over the past years, especially on the economic and political levels.

Egypt has repeatedly voiced support for Saied’s "historic" moves in July 2021, stating they are “aimed at achieving stability and security and fulfilling the will of the Tunisian people.

In May, Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly launched the 17th session of the Egyptian-Tunisian Higher Committee during a visit to Tunis, inking 11 agreements between both nations in several fields, including health, education, agriculture and technology.

Both sides also agreed that 2022-2023 will be the year of economic cooperation between Egypt and Tunisia.

In late 2021, El-Sisi met with Tunisian Prime Minister Najla Bouden in Paris, during which he affirmed Egypt's readiness to “harness all available capabilities to help Tunisia achieve security and development.”

Saied made his first official visit to Cairo in April 2021.

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