Sisi invited to Germany, South Korea
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CAIRO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and South Korean President Park Geun-hye invited President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to their countries to develop relations, MENA reported Wednesday.

Berlin supports Egypt in its “war on terrorism,” and there is full coordination between Cairo and Berlin in the field of information gathering, MENA reported Hansjörg Haber, German ambassador to Cairo, saying in a Wednesday press conference.

Haber added that the German Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier will visit Egypt before the end of this year.

The Korean embassy in Cairo stated Wednesday that Park invited Sisi during talks at the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, where she discussed with him Korean participation and cooperation in major economic and nuclear energy projects.

Park requested constant attention to the security of South Koreans in Egypt and commended efforts in “countering terrorism.”

On Feb. 16, three Korean tourists and an Egyptian were killed when their bus was bombed in Taba, a Red Sea resort city near the Israeli border.

Sisi said that he looks forward to Korean investments in Egypt as well as cooperation in the field of education, and Park expressed her intention to expand economic relations with Egypt, according to the South Korean embassy statement.

Sisi is scheduled to deliver a speech in the U.N. General Assembly opening debate Wednesday, and Egypt’s Permanent Representative to the U.N. Amr Aboul Ata stated Tuesday that Egypt would respond strongly in case a president or a prime minister withdrew during Sisi’s speech, however he did not elaborate on what that would mean.

Turkish President Recep Tayib Erdogan has been speculated by some observers to withdraw during Sisi’s speech. Erdogan has been vocal about his opposition to Sisi’s ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, publicly calling him a “tyrant” and illegitimate.

However, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry announced Tuesday that it had accepted a Turkish offer to conduct a bilateral meeting between the two states’ foreign ministers on the sidelines of the U.N. debate.

Cairo previously invited Ankara to the Gaza reconstruction conference to be held in Cairo Oct. 12.

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