Egypt’s President Sisi to receive Hungarian PM Orban in Cairo Tuesday

Ahram Online , Tuesday 28 Feb 2023

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi will receive Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban at the Al-Ittihadiya Presidential Palace on Tuesday.

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (R) and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (L). Compiled photo


El-Sisi and Orban will hold a meeting and a press conference afterwards, Egyptian presidency spokesman Ahmed Fahmy said in a brief statement today.

Egypt and Hungary have been working to develop their political and economic bilateral relations over the past few years, with high-level officials from both countries exchanging visits.

In September, Egypt's House of Representatives and Hungary's National Assembly signed a protocol of cooperation and legislative expertise exchange.

Hungary has also been supporting Egypt inside the European Union bloc, especially given the Egyptian efforts to prevent irregular migration to Europe over the past decade.

In October 2021, Prime Minister Orbán said it is in the EU’s interest to strengthen Egypt in light of its success in preventing boats carrying irregular migrants from leaving Egyptian coasts since 2016.

In a presser following the Visegrád Group (V4), which gathered Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, in addition to Egypt, Orbán warned that Europe will be in "great trouble" if Egypt cannot continue its current policies to rein in immigration to Europe.

El-Sisi visited the capital of Hungary Budapest in July 2017 and October 2021 to participate in the Visegrad Group summit and discuss issues of terrorism and irregular migration. Orban visited Egypt in June 2016 to discuss boosting political and economic relations with Cairo. 

Egypt and Hungary also share strong economic relations, with the trade exchange between the two countries amounting to $400 million in 2021, according to data provided by Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó in February last year.

Politically, Hungary was also among the first countries which welcomed the anti-Muslim Brotherhood revolution in Egypt in 2013, while Orbán was the among first of world leaders to welcome the election of President El-Sisi in 2014. 

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