Statement by President El Sisi at joint press conference with Kenyan President
Saturday، 18 February 2017 - 12:00 AM
Excellency Mr. President Uhuru Kenyatta of the sisterly Republic of Kenya;
Ladies and gentlemen;
Allow me in the beginning to express my pleasure for visiting the sisterly republic of Kenya and to extend all thanks and appreciation to my dear brother President Uhuru Kenyatta for the warm reception and generous hospitality of the Kenyan people who have close and extended relations with the Egyptian people.
My brother President Kenyatta;
Egypt and Kenya are bound by one lifeline which is the River Nile and a long history of constructive cooperation. They also share the same aspirations and orientations as both countries are seeking to achieve economic development and prosperity for their peoples depending on their immense potentials and their strategic locations. We believe that economic cooperation between the two countries will be a major factor for achieving these goals. We have discussed today means of promoting economic and trade relations between our two countries in a way that achieves the joint interests and aspirations of our two brotherly peoples.
Within this framework, I confirm to you that Egypt is very much interested in increasing trade exchange and investments between the two countries. I would like to welcome on this score growing cooperation between the private sector in both countries over the past few years and exchanged visits between businessmen associations for discussing different projects. The latest of these visits was a visit to Kenya by a delegation of the Egyptian businessmen associations and exports councils to take part in the first meeting of the Egyptian-Kenyan business council that was held in Nairobi over the past few days where the two sides reached an agreement on increasing trade exchange through joint cooperation in several domains.
I would like also to point out to an agreement between the Egyptian and Kenyan governments on adopting all required measures and steps for stimulating trade exchange between the two countries and encouraging joint projects in the different economic sectors. I would like also to assert that Egypt will spare no effort for upgrading its strategic relations with Kenya in several fields, especially the development domain, through extending technical support via the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development and the Egyptian Initiative for the Development of the Nile Basin Countries.
Ladies and gentlemen;
Egypt is keen on maintaining consultations with the Kenyan side for boosting stability and achieving peace and security in the African continent. Egypt also seeks coordinating efforts and stances with Kenya over the various regional and international issues of joint concern.
I have listened today to the viewpoint of my brother President Kenyatta on the recent developments in East Africa and the Horn of Africa region. We have agreed on the importance of intensifying joint efforts for restoring stability in this important part of our African continent along with supporting development efforts in the Nile Basin countries to achieve the maximum benefit from this lifeline to all these countries.
Brothers and sisters;
The two sisterly countries are confronting several joint dangers atop of which come terrorism and the continued threat from a growing extremist thought along with the spread of extremist organizations. I confirmed to my brother President Kenyatta during our talks today our full support for the Kenyan government in its confrontation against this obnoxious phenomenon. I also confirmed to him our determination to promote cooperation and coordination in the face of this scourge which is now threatening the whole international community. I would like in this regard to underline the efforts exerted by Al Azhar Al Sharif as a beacon of moderate Islamic thinking for spreading the true religious teachings and tenets in the face of extremist religious ideas and for drying up the intellectual resources of terrorism and extremism.
Ladies and gentlemen;
While I renew my thanks to my brother President Kenyatta for the warm reception, I confirm my great pleasure once again for visiting Nairobi and meeting with him. I am looking forward to more consultation with him in the future for boosting cooperation between our two countries at the various levels. I invite him once again to visit his second country Egypt at any convenient time for him.