CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met with his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma in Cairo Thursday and discussed bilateral cooperation and ways to enhance cooperation on the African level, Youm7 reported.
During the meeting, Sisi called for “serious” dialogue that combines all the states of the African continent.
Sisi assured both Egypt and South Africa enjoy stable, strategic relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations in May 1994, according to a statement by the Presidency Spokesperson Alaa Youssef.
South Africa’s Zuma praised Egypt’s policies in the continent, noting Sisi’s visit to Ethiopia and the “Declaration of Principles” that was signed by Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia in late March to put an end to the Nile water- sharing dispute between the three countries.
Furthermore, Zuma urged for the activation of a Ministerial Joint Bilateral Commission that was established in 1995 in light of boosting bilateral relations. He also suggested reinforcing coordination between the Arab League and the African Union to support states troubled with conflicts.
For his part, Sisi welcomed holding the joint commission in Cairo soon and suggested the expansion of the commission’s activities to include political, economic and military aspects.
He also welcomed Zuma’s invitation for attending the African Union Summit, scheduled to be held in South Africa in June, as well as invited the South African leader to attend the inauguration of the new Suez Canal, scheduled for August.
During their discussions, both leaders tackled a number of regional cases of “common interests.”
Additional reporting by Mohamed el-Galy