French President Macron to visit Egypt soon, says envoy

Ahram Online, Saturday 13 Oct 2018

File Photo: French President Emmanuel Macron (Photo: Reuters)

French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Egypt soon, according to a press statements by the state-run MENA news agency on Saturday.

In the statement, French ambassador Stephane Roumtier said Macron will either visit Egypt by the end of the year or the beginning of 2019.

He added that there was an ongoing diplomatic coordination between the two countries to determine the date of the visit.

Roumtier also spoke of the importance of the trip, which he said highlighted the historic and special relationship between Cairo and Paris.

The unspecified visit to Egypt will be the first for French President Macron since he assumed office in 2017. It has been postponed multiple times this year.

In October 2017, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi visited Paris and discussed with Macron joint efforts to combat terrorism, the Middle East peace process, and the situation in Libya.

Both presidents attended the signing of 16 memoranda of understanding in the fields of renewable and traditional energy, infrastructure, social security, and transportation, with El-Sisi meeting a number of French military manufacturing companies.


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