Agriculture Minister and Indian Ambassador discuss bilateral cooperation
Agriculture Minister Adel el-Beltagy - YOUM7/Ahmed Ramadan
By AYA IBRAHIM

CAIRO: Agriculture Minister Adel el-Beltagy received Tuesday Indian Ambassador to Egypt, Navdeep Suri at the Ministry’s headquarters, Al –Mal newspaper reported Tuesday.

The Ambassador expressed his country’s willingness to boost bilateral cooperation especially in the agriculture field and discussed the strong relations between the two countries.

During the meeting, Ambassador Suri urged the Egyptian government to open the door for importing the Indian wheat and cotton, saying that India produces 8.5 million tons of surplus wheat every year.

The Ambassador also called on the Egyptian government to consider importing the Indian raw cotton.

The Agriculture Minister Adel el-Beltagy discussed lifting the ban that India imposed on the exports of Egypt’s citrus fruits and called on the Indian government to allow the entry of shipments that are currently lagging in the Indian ports.

Beltagy expressed Egypt’s willingness to cooperate with India in the fields of new and renewable energy and solar energy. The minister expressed his wish to cooperate with the Indian government to generate power through solar panels in Egypt’s southern agricultural area of Toshka.

The volume of Indian investments in Egypt are estimated at billions of dollars, in different sectors, but most notably the agricultural sector, Al mal newspaper reported.

In 2013, several Indian companies expressed their willingness to invest up to $400 million in power-generation, plastic, and real estate projects in Egypt, according to a statement released by former Investment Minister Osama Saleh.

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