Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has returned to Cairo on Thursday after concluding a three-nation tour to Bahrain, China and Uzbekistan.
El-Sisi discussed with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev ways to strengthen and develop bilateral relations between the two countries in various fields when he met with him on Wednesday.
El-Sisi’s visit to Uzbekistan’s capital of Tashkent is the first official visit of its kind by an Egyptian president to the central Asian nation.
During the visit, the two leaders attended the signing ceremony of several cooperation agreements between both countries on enhancing relations in the field of investments, agriculture, justice, and culture.
El-Sisi arrived in Tashkent from China, where he had been attending the China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Forum in Beijing.
El-Sisi witnessed the signing of a number of contracts with Chinese companies to implement development projects in Egypt, with total investment of $18.3 billion.
The contracts signed include the construction of the world's biggest power plants in El-Hamrawein region on Egypt's Red Sea coast, which will be powered by clean coal technology, and with a production capacity of 6000 megawatts, according to Egypt's presidential spokesperson Bassam Rady.
El-Sisi and President Xi Jinping had also held a meeting to discuss ways of boosting bilateral ties across various fields and issues of mutual interest.
The Egyptian president started his international tour with a visit to the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain on 30 August.
El-Sisi met there with King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa and top Bahraini government officials and discussed mutual ties and regional issues of mutual interest.