CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi starts his first official visit to the State of Kuwait Monday, a presidency statement announced.
“The visit represents an opportunity to convey Egypt’s appreciation and gratitude to the state and people of Kuwait for their support for Egypt following the June 30 revolution,” the office stated.
Presidency spokesperson Alaa Youssef stated that the president’s visit is part of Egypt’s effort to enhance joint Arab action and advance relations among Arab countries. Accompanying the president will be the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shokry, Petroleum Minister Sherif Ismail, International Cooperation Minister Naglaa Al-Ahwany and Investment Minister Ashraf Salman.
Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah will receive President Sisi according to Youssef, and the two “will hold talks on bilateral relations in all fields. They will also discuss a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern.”
During his visit, President Sisi will also meet with the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Hamad Al-Sabah, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Hamad al-Sabah; as well as the National Assembly Speaker Marzouq al-Ghanim. The President’s visit will also include meetings with a number of Egyptian and Kuwaiti businessmen.
Sisi was invited by Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah in December to visit his country by Jan. 5, according to Youm7.
The statement released by the presidency highlighted that the trade volume between the two countries totaled close to $3.2 billion in 2013, including oil and its derivatives. “Kuwait is ranked fourth on the list of the largest foreign countries investing in Egypt, and third among Arab countries, with total investments of some $2.8 billion representing 927 companies.”