PM begins first tours to Saudi Arabia, South Africa
Prime Minister Sherif Ismail - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Prime Minister Sherif Ismail began Wednesday his visits to Saudi Arabia and South Africa in his first foreign tours since he assumed his position in September.

Ismail’s first destination will be to Saudi Arabia, where he is expected to sign two agreements in the field of electricity. The agreements come in the framework of the mutual cooperation stipulated in the Cairo Declaration issued in July.

According to the Cairo Declaration, both Egypt and Saudi Arabia agreed to boost military cooperation via forming joint Arab unified forces; enhancing power, electricity, and transporation cooperation; achieve economic integration; increase the mutual Egyptian-Saudi investment and deepen media and culture cooperation.

In Nov. 11, both countries agreed on establishing a coordination council tasked to implement the declaration terms, according to the Saudi Gazette, a leading English-language daily newspaper published in Jeddah.

The Prime Minister met with the Saudi Ambassador to Cairo Ahmed Qattan on Monday to discuss preparations for his visit to the Kingdom.

Ismail, who is accompanied with the Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker, will be back in Cairo at night on Wednesday, according to Youm7.

He is then scheduled to fly along with the Foreign Minister Sameh Shokry to South Africa on Thursday, where he is set to participate in the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held in Cape Town. The summit, which hosts leaders of African states, aims to enhance cooperation and mutual understanding between China and Africa.

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