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Egyptian foreign minister heads to Germany to bolster bilateral ties

Ahram Online , Monday 11 Jan 2016
The two foreign ministers
Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry (L) and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier (R) on August 31, 2014 in Berlin (File Photo: AFP)
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Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry travelled to Berlin on Monday to begin a four-day visit that aims to bolster Egyptian-German relations, the Egyptian foreign ministry said.

In an official statement, foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abo Zeid said Shoukry will meet top German officials, including his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel, Minister of Interior Thomas de Maizière, and Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Muller.

Abo Zeid said that Shoukry's visit would build on the momentum of the "successful and important" visit that President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi made to Berlin last June, adding that Shoukry's discussions with the German side will focus on ways to push and develop Egyptian-German relations in the fields of politics, economy, and commerce.

The two sides hope to increase trade to exceed the 4.4 billion euros reached in 2015, the spokesman said.

The visit will also follow up on German economic investments in Egypt, including those by engineering multinational Siemens.

In a sign of developing ties between the two countries, the German Giant Siemens signed an 8 billion euro deal with Egypt during El-Sisi's June visit to Berlin to supply gas and wind power plants.

Regional issues including the situation in Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, and efforts to combat terrorism, will also be discussed during the visit. 

Shoukry's visit comes as Egypt continues to seek to strengthen relations and bolster counter-terrorism cooperation with Europe.

Last month, Germany delivered the first submarine - built by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems - to Egypt, which is part of a three submarines deal Berlin agreed to build for and sell to Cairo.

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