Egypt's Sisi discusses with South African counterpart efforts to combat coronavirus in Africa

Ahram Online , Thursday 14 May 2020

The two agreed to continue joint African efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus and contain its economic and social repercussions

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (Left) with Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (Right)

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi discussed Wednesday in a phone call with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa efforts to combat coronavirus in Africa, a statement by the presidency said.

Egyptian presidency spokesman Bassam Rady said the two heads of state discussed the latest developments in a number of issues on the African Union (AU) agenda, in light of South Africa's chairmanship of the AU and Egypt's membership of the African Troika.

The two sides agreed to continue joint African efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus and contain its economic and social repercussions on African countries, Rady noted.

They agreed to utilise the resources available through the fund that was launched within the framework of the African Union to offer medical assistance and to support African countries' needs to combat the virus, the presidency spokesman added.

The presidents highlighted the importance of “not letting the coronavirus crisis affect efforts to combat terrorism in the continent.”

“President El-Sisi confirmed Egypt's keenness to enhance historic relations with South Africa at the continental and international levels and to promote strategic dialogue between the two countries on issues of peace and security and economic development in the continent,” the presidency statement read.

According to Rady, President Ramaphosa “noted wide prospects to further develop relations and promote cooperation between Egypt and South Africa in various fields at the bilateral and continental levels.” 

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