Egypt's Sisi to deliver speech in front of Japanese parliament

Ahram Online , Saturday 27 Feb 2016

El-Sisi and Japanese officials are expected to exchange views on how they can reinforce political and economic cooperation between their respective countries

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi addresses Egyptian Parliament (Photo: AP)

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is set to give a speech in front of the Japanese parliament on Monday during his visit to Tokyo amid his third Asian tour, the state owned MENA agency reported.

According to MENA, Japanese diplomatic sources have deemed the speech "historic," with El-Sisi the first Arab president, among only a few other world leaders, to deliver a speech in front of the Japanese parliament.

The Egyptian president is expected to meet with senior officials during his visit to Tokyo that will start Sunday evening, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Japanese Emperor Akihito.

He will also meet the head of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, as well as Tokyo's governor.

El-Sisi will also hold a meeting with Japanese businessmen and will attend an economic forum organised by the Egyptian-Japanese Business Council.

Earlier in February, Egypt's trade and industry minister, Tarek Qabil, said that El-Sisi's visit counts as an important step towards enhancing economic, trade and investment relations between the two countries.

Qabil described the visit as a good opportunity to discuss investment opportunities in Egypt and establish partnerships between the Egyptian and Japanese private sectors at a time when Egypt is launching several national mega-projects.

In November 2015, Egypt's ambassador to Japan, Ismail Khairat, said that Japan was committed to financing a solar power plant in Hurghada at a cost of $100 million, the first deal of its kind between the two countries in the renewable energy field.

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