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Statement by President Sisi at press conference with President of Democratic Republic of Congo

Saturday، 22 April 2017 - 12:00 AM

In the Name of Allah the Most Merciful and Compassionate

Your Excellency Mr. President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo;

Ladies and gentlemen;

Allow me in the beginning to express my pleasure for the visit of my dear brother President Joseph Kabila to Cairo. I hope he would spend good time in his second homeland Egypt. I would like also to convey to him the pride the Egyptian people take in time-honored and distinguished relations with the brotherly Congolese people over decades now. These relations are based on achieving joint interests for the two peoples and for our African continent in which we all take pride to belong to it.

Egypt and DR Congo are working to achieve economic development depending on what they have of material and humanitarian resources. They also share the same stances and views regarding several regional and international issues. This constitutes an incentive for working together to push up economic and trade relations in a way that is commensurate with the good relations binding the two countries and peoples.

Ladies and gentlemen;

We have discussed at our talks today means of boosting bilateral relations in the various domains and how to increase trade exchange and encourage joint projects in several economic sectors through, for example, activating cooperation between the Suez Canal Economic Zone Authority and the agency in charge of upgrading Inga Dam in accordance with a memorandum of understanding that was signed between both sides on this score. We have discussed also implementing a project for setting up two solar power plants in Kinshasa at a capacity of four megawatts.

Egypt will maintain extending technical support for DR Congo in several fields through for example the programs of human capacity building that are organized by the Egyptian Agency for Partnership for Development in different specialized domains.

Ladies and gentlemen;

I have confirmed to H.E. President Kabila during our talks Egypt's support for efforts made to achieve stability and comprehensive development in the sisterly DR Congo and that Egypt is siding with DR Congo to overcome all challenges facing it through several measures including the participation of Egyptian forces in the United Nations mission for achieving stability in DR Congo with a view to supporting United Nations efforts for supporting the Congolese army in the face of armed movements in eastern Congo. This comes within the framework of Egypt's inalienable stance respecting the sovereignty of DR Congo on its full territories and Egypt's rejection to any interference in the Congolese internal affairs.

I have explained to President Kabila our conviction that the international community should support all efforts for standing up to these groups and outline viable mechanisms to put an end to illegal exploitation of natural resources in DR Congo in a way that preserves the rights of the brotherly Congolese people.

My brother President Kabila;

Egypt has always been eager to maintain contacts with its sisterly African countries and coordinate stances with them in various fields. I confirm to your excellency that Egypt will remain committed to its pledges and will keep working for enhancing joint cooperation with your sisterly country within the framework of efforts by our two countries and other African countries and their aspiration to achieve economic development and stability so that the peoples of our two countries and other countries of our dear continent would get what they deserve of decent and secure life.

Ladies and gentlemen;

I renew once again my welcome of my brother President Kabila in his second homeland Egypt and confirm my great pleasure for meeting him. I am looking forward to more meetings with him in the future in a way that will enhance cooperation between our two countries at all levels.

Thank you.

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