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Czech FM on 3-day Egypt visit to boost economic, cultural relations

Spokesperson for the Egyptian presidency Alaa Youssef said that the delegation’s meetings include plans to bolster Czech tourism in Egypt

Ahram Online , Tuesday 2 Feb 2016
Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek
Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek (Reuters)

Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek is on a three-day visit to Egypt, heading a delegation of 23 business representatives with the aim of boosting economic and cultural relations with Egypt, Radio Prague's website reported.

Zaorálek met on Monday in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Czech ambassador Veronika Kuchynova.

The Czech minister extended an invitation to El-Sisi to make an official visit to his country. The latter reportedly “welcomed the invitation”, saying he appreciates the strong, historic ties between both countries.

Presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef said that the meeting tackled means of cooperation, including encouraging Czech tourism in Egypt.

Radio Prague reported that the meeting also discussed "the possibility for Prague to host a large archeological exhibition highlighting the era of pyramid builders in Abusir, where Czech archeologists have been active for half a century."

Youssef added that Zaorálek said a delegation headed by the Czech industry and trade minister will visit Egypt this year to hold a joint economic and technical council meeting, in order to look into investment opportunities, especially in the Suez Canal zone development project.

The Czech FM stated that Egypt is a strategic partner of the Czech Republic in the region and said he appreciates Egypt's pivotal role in the region to achieve peace and stability.

He also insisted on his country's support for Egypt's efforts in the fight against terrorism.

Zaorálek congratulated the president on the newly-convened Egyptian parliament and met with a number of the new members.

The Egyptian president and the Czech FM agreed on the importance of mutual visits between parliamentarian delegations of both countries.

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