CAIRO: President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi held talks and signed a number of cooperation agreements with his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping Tuesday, according to a presidential statement.
The official meeting was attended by senior Chinese officials at the “Great Hall of the People” in Beijing. Later, a dinner banquet was held in honor of Sisi and the Egyptian delegation.
“Sisi and Jinping signed the comprehensive strategic partnership agreement and ministers from both sides also signed a number of agreements on economic and technical cooperation between the two countries,” presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef said in a Wednesday statement.
The Chinese president noted that signing a comprehensive strategic partnership agreement between the two countries “will further enhance cooperation in various fields,” the statement read.
Youssef added that they also signed a framework agreement for cooperation in new and renewable energy, in addition to a MOU to establish a joint laboratory for renewable energy between Egypt’s Ministry of Scientific Research and China’s Ministry of Science and Technology.
A milestone agreement was also signed for cooperation in the field of space exploration between the Egyptian National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences and China National Space Administration (CNSA), said the spokesman.
During the meeting, President Jinping emphasized the strong ties binding the peoples of the two nations. Sisi invited his counterpart to visit Egypt and Jinping welcomed the invitation and expressed his intent to visit Egypt during 2015.
“Jinping further noted that China encourages Chinese companies to import from Egypt and called on Egyptian exporters to study the Chinese market and promote Egyptian products to allow Chinese consumers to get acquainted with such products,” the statement read.
During his 1st visit to China, Sisi met with members of the joint Egyptian- Chinese Business Council to review the recent steps to boost Egypt’s economy, according to a presidential statement.
Youssef earlier highlighted the fact that China, a significant economic partner, is Egypt’s second largest trading partner. Trade between Egypt and China amounted to $10.3 billion in 2013, of which $1.9 billion were Egyptian exports to China and $8.4 billion were imports from China, according to government figures.
The history of modern bilateral relations between the two countries dates back to 1956, when Egypt became the first Arab and African country to recognize the communist government of the People’s Republic of China.