CAIRO: Prime Minister Sherif Ismail arrived in South African capital Johannesburg for a two-day visit to participate in the China-Africa summit that kicks off Friday, MENA reported.
The summit, officially known as the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC,) will host 40 African leaders. It is set to be held on Friday and Saturday.
The Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to address the summit Friday with “a series of new measures… to support Africa’s development,” AFP quoted Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
The forum was launched in Beijing in 2000, and was previously held in Addis Ababa in 2003, in Beijing in 2006 and in Egypt’s red sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in 2009. It aims to enhance cooperation and mutual understanding between China and Africa.
Ismail and the Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shokry were received by the Egyptian Ambassador to South Africa and embassy members at the airport.
Before heading to Johannesburg, Ismail flied to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, where the Egyptian –Saudi coordination council was held for its first time to discuss boosting cooperation between the two states in the framework of the Cairo Declaration, issued in July.