CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi arrived in the UAE Saturday morning for a 2-day official visit to take part in the opening ceremony of The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi, according to a presidential statement.
Sisi, accompanied by a high-level ministerial delegation, was received at the airport by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
WFES is the Middle East’s largest gathering on future energy. More than 30,000 business leaders from 170 countries are expected to attend the 8th round of WFES, which is scheduled to run between Jan. 19 and 22 of, according to the WFES website.
During the summit, Sisi will assert “Egypt is deeply interested in the issue of energy and the need for working out mechanisms for the best planning for the future of energy,” presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef wrote in a statement Saturday.
During the past four years, Egypt has been witnessing a notable energy shortage and power cut problems but the crisis took a severe turn for the worse last summer.
This is Sisi’s first visit to the UAE since he took office in June 2013.
Egypt-UAE bilateral relations have seen a boom particularly since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule.