Egypt and India forge strategic partnership with signing of joint declaration

Ahram Online , Sunday 25 Jun 2023

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed on Sunday a joint declaration to raise the level of cooperation between the two countries to strategic partnership, said Egypt's Presidential Spokesperson Ahmed Fahmy.

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sign a joint declaration to raise the level of cooperation between the two countries to strategic partnership on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Egyptian Presidency

 

Such a signing reflects the two countries’ will to strengthen bilateral relations and affirms the shared and extended heritage between the governments and people of Egypt and India, the presidential spokesperson affirmed.

“We had the pleasure of receiving President El-Sisi as the chief guest at our Republic Day celebrations this year. These two visits in the span of a few months are a reflection of our rapidly evolving partnership with Egypt, which was elevated to a strategic partnership during El-Sisi’s visit," PM Modi also said, according to Fahmy.

The declaration was signed  after the two leaders met at Cairo’s Ittihadiya Palace to discuss topics of mutual interest such as increasing the volume of trade exchange, including of strategic commodities, as well as Indian investments in Egypt, explained Fahmy.

El-Sisi and Modi also deliberated on regional and international topics, added the spokesperson.

Invitation to Delhi

PM Modi re-extended his invitation to Egypt to participate in the G20 meetings set to take place in New Delhi in September, said Fahmy.

For his part, President El-Sisi expressed his trust in India’s leadership of the G20 as well as his country’s readiness to push discussions in constructive directions to reach optimal mechanisms to face energy crises, climate change, food shortages, as well as obtain financing for developing countries.

Egypt is confident that India’s leadership will contribute to curbing the negative consequences of international challenges on global economy, El-Sisi asserted.

The two leaders also probed expanding tourism and cultural exchange through easing direct flights between Cairo and New Delhi, the spokesperson continued.

Other topicsb discussed included communications, information technology, pharmaceutical manufacturing, vaccines, higher education, renewable energy and green hydrogen.

At the end of the meeting, the Egyptian president bestowed the Order of the Nile – the country’s highest state honour – on PM Modi.

The Indian prime minister arrived in Egypt on Saturday on his first official visit upon invitation from El-Sisi in January.

Modi was greeted by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly on Saturday and met with a number of other high-level government officials.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Egypt and India.

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