CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi was invited to visit Spain during his meeting with Spanish Foreign Minister José García-Margallo y Marfil Saturday in Cairo.
According to a released presidential statement, Sisi welcomed the invitation addressed from King Felipe VI of Spain, and praised the strong relations between the two countries.
The meeting with García-Margallo included discussions of a number of national and international topics according to presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef in the release, including coming parliamentary elections in Egypt.
Sisi told García-Margallo the elections represent the final step in the 2013 Roadmap and will take place by March. He also expressed his hope that Spain’s support of his government in Egypt’s transition period will last, and Spain will continue to support Egypt in different European forums.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry was also present at the meeting, and he discussed with his Spanish counterpart encouraging Spanish investment in Egypt.
President Sisi also invited the Spanish government to attend Egypt’s economic summit expected to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh on the Red Sea in March.
Other international issues discussed during the meeting were the situations in Libya, Syria, Palestine and Euro-Mediterranean cooperation. The statement added Egypt will also seek the support of Spain in gaining the rotating non-permanent seat of the U.N. Security Council for 2016.