Egypt’s politics digest on Sept. 2: Egypt, India agree on boosting security and trade ties
President Abdel Fatah al Sisi met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Youm7.


CAIRO: No more browse from site to another, here is Egypt’s politics digest for Sept.2: 

Egypt, India agree on boosting security and trade ties

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Friday and discussed bilateral cooperation, security and counter terrorism issues as well as ways to boost trade between the two countries, Youm7 reported.

During the meeting, a maritime navigation accord was signed between the two leaders in presence of foreign ministers of the two countries.

In a press conference held at the Indian Presidential palace on Friday, Modi said that Egypt represents the moderate Islam and described the North African countries as “a natural bridge between Asia and Africa.”

From his side, Sisi asserted the depth of bilateral relations and strategic partnership between the two countries.

Sisi added that he issued directives to the Egyptian Cabinet to develop a plan to boost economic cooperation, intensify investment and enhance military and security cooperation between the two countries in the field of counter terrorism.

The Egyptian president also said that the upcoming period will witness a bilateral cooperation between the two states in various fields, including culture, technology, tourism and sustainable development.

Sisi is scheduled to travel to the Chinese Capital on Saturday to participate in the G-20 summit.


Sisi lays down wreath of flowers on tomb of Mahatma Ghandi

President Abdel Fattah al Sisi laid down a wreath of flowers on the tomb of late Indian leader Mahatma Ghandi in New Delhi on Friday, according to Youm7.

A ceremonial welcome was held on Friday at the Rashtrapati Bahwan presidential palace for Sisi, who arrived in India on Thursday on a three-day official visit.

Sisi and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hold bilateral talks on Friday and discussed security, counter-terrorism and trade issues.


Turkey eyes better ties with Egypt, Syria in future – PM

(RUTERS)-Turkey, which patched up strained ties with Israel and Russia, aims to normalise relations with Egypt and even rebuild ties in future with Syria, where it has launched a cross-border offensive, the prime minister said on Friday.

“God willing, there will be normalisation with Egypt and Syria,” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told a televised briefing with ministers. “Turkey has started a serious attempt to normalise ties with Egypt and Syria.”

He did not give a timeline for restoring ties with either of the Arab nations. Any improvement would mark a further shift in its regional foreign policy that has shown of signs of increasing pragmatism, analysts say.


Sisi, Kerry discuss bilateral issues, situation in Libya

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi met with US Secretary of State John Kerry in India on Thursday and discussed key bilateral issues including the situation in the Middle East, Youm7 reported.

During the meeting, Sisi asserted Egypt’s keenness to enhance strategic relations with the U.S. government, presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef said in a statement.

From his side, Kerry stressed that Egypt remains a strategic partner of the United States and welcomed the Egyptian government’s efforts to carry out economic reforms.

Sisi arrived in Delhi on Thursday in a three-day visit and will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to discuss security, counter-terrorism and trade issues.

Earlier on Thursday, Sisi met with India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and discussed boosting bilateral relations between the two states.


Cabinet approves $500 world bank loan to fund development plan in Upper Egypt

The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the allocation of a $500 million World Bank loan to fund domestic development program in Upper Egypt, Youm7 reported.

The program aims to expand industries that are unique to the region, including nutritional and furniture production industries, a cabinet statement said on Thursday.

Last year, Egypt and the World Bank signed a $1 billion development loan to finance development projects in Upper Egypt.

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