President Sisi's speech during his press conference with President of Portugal
Friday، 13 April 2018 - 12:14 PM
YOUR Excellency President Marcelo de Sousa President of the Republic of Portugal,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Let me first welcome Mr. President Marcelo de Sousa, who is kindly paying his first visit to Cairo as a President of the friendly Republic of Portugal, which has historic relations with Egypt. These relations are considered model of pride and appreciation.
Today, I held with Mr. President a session of deep and varied talks . We reviewed all aspects of cooperation and what was achieved since my visit to the capital Lisbon in November 2016, in addition to the outcome of the joint committee meetings under the two countries’ foreign ministers in Cairo in October 2017.
In this context, I would like to praise the efforts exerted recently and the tangible developing ties of cooperation between Egypt and Portugal in a way that will take part in implementation of our friendly peoples’ hopes and ceaseless coordination in all international forums.
Today, we agreed to closely work for promotion of our bilateral relations to a wider horizon and maximize the available potentials and opportunities and rapid enforcement of the concluded agreements and MoUs to make a qualitative leap in our partnership and increase the trade exchange and mutual investments.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The regional and international circumstances and geographic closeness between Egypt and Portugal require more cooperation and coordination to address the current serious and complicated challenges and threats that cannot be faced separately like terrorism, organized crime and illegal immigration and the subversive roles practiced by some parties in the area to foment armed conflicts and civil wars to carry out their narrow-minded agendas.
In this context, our talks dealt with some regional issues of mutual concern. We exchanged viewpoints about the latest developments in Libya and Syria in addition to enhancing the counter-terrorism efforts and blocking sources of its finance.
I have assured Mr. President that Egypt adopts an overall strategy to fight this hateful phenomenon, and it is based on dealing with its roots on the terms of security, culture and economy. Egypt doesn’t only defend its national security, but it also acts out of its regional and international responsibilities.
I have expressed my appreciation and gratitude to Portugal’s stances that support Egypt in this regard. We have agreed on the tripartite cooperation to back the African countries in addition to our joint action to cement cooperation between the European Union and African continent.
Your Excellency, Mr. President,
I reiterate my welcome as a dear guest to the Egyptian people. I look forward that this visit shall be another step on the way of our fruitful cooperation that meets aspirations of the two friendly peoples and achieves their hopes for peace and prosperity.