Modi hails Sisi's visit to India as 'historic, matter of immense happiness'

Ahram Online , Tuesday 24 Jan 2023

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hailed in a tweet on Tuesday the current visit of Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to India as "historic" and a "matter of immense happiness for all Indians."

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi arrives in New Delhi, India. Egyptian Presidency


Modi added that he looks forward to holding discussions with El-Sisi on Wednesday.

El-Sisi arrived today in New Delhi at Modi's invitation to participate as chief guest at celebrations of India's Republic Day on Thursday.

El-Sisi thanked Modi for the warm reception, saying he looks forward to having productive discussions with the Indian prime minister, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said in a Facebook post.

"I am very happy and proud to visit sisterly India and participate in the celebrations of India's Republic Day as chief guest," El-Sisi said.

He added that his participation in this occasion "makes us more determined to continue enhancing bilateral relations and special coordination between us."

El-Sisi's participation is the first time ever for an Egyptian president to be the chief guest of India's Republic Day, which marks the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect on 26 January, 1950.

In earlier statements today, the presidential spokesman said that this reflects the close ties between the two countries and India's deep appreciation of the Egyptian leadership and government.

It also demonstrates the deep interest of the Indian side in strengthening cooperation between the two friendly countries in their capacity as one of the most important emerging countries and in light of their vital role on the regional and international arenas, Rady said.

President El-Sisi's visit to New Delhi coincides with the 75th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties between Egypt and India, Rady added.

Egypt is also participating as a guest country in the Group of 20 (G20) meetings this year, which are held under India's presidency.

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