President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in his meeting with French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna in Cairo on Thursday. Photo: Egyptian Presidency
President El-Sisi affirmed that Egypt will continue to exert the utmost efforts to reach political and peaceful solutions to these crises, contribute to restoring regional security and support neighbouring populations in their aspirations for a brighter future.
From her side, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna commended Egypt's balanced and rational foreign policy approach to resolving regional crises and promoting peace.
According to the Egyptian Presidency, the meeting - which was also attended by Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry- touched on other regional issues of common interest, such as the Palestine peace process.
The two sides also discussed the continuous development of Franco-Egyptian relations, both at official and popular levels.
El-Sisi also stressed, in the meeting, the importance of technology transfer and joint manufacturing to the bilateral relationship.
Colonna and El-Sisi confirmed mutual keenness to continue joint efforts towards development and prosperity as well as to combat terrorism and illegal migration.
French Minister Catherine Colonna arrived in Cairo on a two-day visit on Wednesday.
“We arrived in Cairo to deepen our relations with a trusted partner, an important country for France and for the balance of the region,” Colonna said on her official Twitter account on Wednesday.
On Thursday morning, Minister Colonna paid a visit to Le Collège de la Salle, a Catholic school located in Cairo. This institution is supported by the "Francophonie Christian Schools in the Middle East Fund," which was initiated by President Emmanuel Macron in February 2020.
According to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), the volume of trade exchange between Egypt and France increased to $3.9 billion in 2022, up from $2.9 billion in 2021, a whopping 35 percent increase.
Egyptian exports to France increase by 61 percent in 2022, reaching $1.8 billion. Meanwhile, Egyptian imports from France rose by 19.2 percent in 2022, reaching $2.2 billion.