File photo of the French Ambassador to Egypt Stéphane Romatet
French Ambassador to Egypt Stéphane Romatet asserted that France’s security starts in Egypt, lauding the depth of relations binding Egypt and France in the different domains including regional and international issues of mutual interest, including the situation in Libya.
Romatet’s remarks came in statements to reporters on the sidelines of an awards ceremony for an Egyptian-French competition for startups.
Romatet praised the growth rate of the Egyptian economy despite the repercussion of the coronavirus pandemic on the world economy.
He said that the Egyptian-French cooperation in the field of information technology is new, pointing out that Egyptian Minister of Information Technology Amr Talaat expressed support for this field especially in relation to artificial intelligence and cyber security.
Romatet said that France pays attention to innovation in the sectors of the environment, startups, and transportation, in addition to the sectors of finance and banking.
The competition aims at promoting technological innovation as well as developing companies, the digital economy, and cooperation between Cairo and Paris, he said.
He said that this competition achieved major success in its first edition.
On Egyptian-French cooperation in the field of combating terror, Romatet asserted that France supports Egypt in all security-related fields, stressing that his country's security starts in Egypt.
As for cooperation in the field of cyber security, Romatet said that it has become a basic factor in protecting the economy.
Commenting on the situation in Libya, Romatet asserted the importance of government transition in Libya, adding that forming a government that includes all the segments of the Libyan populace is a must before 26 February.