Egypt s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has lunch with children in Aswan s village of Gharb Suhail. Egyptian Presidency
El-Sisi launched the Haya Karima project in July to improve standards of living, infrastructure, and services in villages nationwide.
The initiative targets 58 percent of Egypt’s 102-million population, who live in 4,658 villages across the country.
During his tour, El-Sisi held an open dialogue with some residents of the village in Upper Egypt's Aswan, sharing a Nubian lunch with them, according to an official statement.
The president also visited the tourist market in the village, where he was received by Nubian folkloric songs. He also visited the local market and met with the owners of market stalls and handicraft shops.
El-Sisi praised the generosity of the Nubian people, and stressed that the state is keen on providing all basic services to the town as part of the Haya Karima initiative.
Work is currently underway in 52 cities in 20 governorates as part of the initiative, El-Sisi said.
President El-Sisi ordered the inclusion of Aswani villages in the Haya Karima Initiative during an inspection tour of the areas most affected by flash floods and storms that hit the Upper Egyptian governorate in November.
El-Sisi has inaugurated a number of national projects in Upper Egyptian governorates over the past few days, including land reclamation projects in Toshka, south of Aswan, as well as two industrial complexes in Qena and a gasoline complex in Assiut.
El-Sisi also inspected the Benban Solar Power Park in Aswan earlier on Monday.