Egypt's Sisi heads to Oman on Sunday in first official visit

Ahram Online , Sunday 4 Feb 2018

The President is set to discuss Syria and Yemen as well as economic cooperation between Cairo and Musqat with Sultan Qaboos

Egypt's Sisi (R) Sultan Qaboos (L) (Photo: Ahram)

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is heading to Oman on Sunday to meet with Sultan Qaboos Bin Said to discuss bilateral and regional issues.

El-Sisi's visit to Oman will be his first official visit as Egypt's president to the Gulf country and the first by an Egyptian president since 2009.

This visit comes out of El-Sisi's keenness to boost historical and brotherly relations between the Omani and Egyptian peoples, and to intensify joint consultation and coordination in several bilateral and regional issues to serve the interests of the two countries, the presidency's spokesperson Bassam Rady said in a statement on Friday.

In a phone call with Al-Assema news program on CBC TV on Saturday evening, Rady explained that the talks will revolve around will three main topics, including the Syrian and Yemeni files, explaining, "It is important to exchange our visions on what is to be done [on those issues] in the coming period."

President El-Sisi and the accompanying delegation will also hold meetings with a number of Omani businessmen to discuss economic cooperation, Rady added.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with Qaboos in Muscat last November as part of a regional diplomatic tour that aimed at intensifying consultations and coordination between Egypt and Oman.

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