President Sisi’s visit to West Africa region and the US
Sunday، 07 April 2019 - 12:04 PM
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi started on Sunday April 7, 2019 a tour to Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal and the United States.
President Sisi's foreign tour to the West Africa region comes within the framework of Egypt's keenness to intensify communication and coordination with its African brothers and to further strengthen its relations with the countries of the continent in various fields, especially by strengthening mutual cooperation on the economic ، trade and investment levels.
During the African tour, the president will hold bilateral talks with the leaders of Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire and Senegal, to address mechanisms of enhancing bilateral cooperation with Egypt.
The President's visit to the US capital of Washington comes at the invitation of US President Donald Trump, in the framework of a series of meetings between the two presidents in order to strengthen mutual relations and discuss a number of regional issues.
President Sisi visited Gamal Abdel-Nasser University in Conakry; Guinea accompanied by his Guinean counterpart Alpha Condé. The largest and first higher education institution in Guinea, the university was named after late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel-Nasser in 1970.
During a meeting with his Guinean counterpart Alpha Condé, President Sisi asserted Egypt's keenness on bolstering economic and commercial cooperation with Guinea in order to promote regional and African integration. Sisi underlined Egypt is seeking to enhance cooperation with Guinea to promote development and stability, especially as the joint committee meeting is due to convene at the foreign ministers' level in September. He added that Egypt will continue offering technical support for Guinea, especially with regard to military and security training of Guinean cadres, in line with a military cooperation protocol signed in November.
Meanwhile, the Guinean president welcomed Sisi's historical visit which is the first by an Egyptian president in more than five decades. Condé commended the key Egyptian role, especially in view of Egypt's presidency of the African Union. The Guinean president voiced full support for Egypt's efforts to develop the AU.
Sisi hailed the distinguished bilateral ties, noting that the talks tackled energy issues in Africa as Condé will be in charge of activating the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI). Sisi stressed his support for the Guinean president to render the initiative successful. Sisi accentuated that Egypt is adamant to make use of all its potentials and expertise to push forward joint African action.
The talks also tackled an array of regional issues of mutual concern, especially upgrading the AU under Egypt's presidency. The talks highlighted the importance of promoting peace and security in Africa, calling for forging a vision on confronting terrorism and organized crime.
At the end of the talks, the two leaders signed a number of memos for beefing up bilateral cooperation in the fields of culture, sports, media and trade.
Guinean President Alpha Condé held a dinner banquet in honor of Sisi on his "historic" visit to Conakry. It has been more than 50 years since an Egyptian leader last visited Guinea, Condé said. He hailed as "special" relations between his country and Egypt, which plays a pivotal role to achieve security, stability and sustainable development in the continent. Condé was particularly thankful to Egyptian efforts that helped push forward joint African action in light of Egypt's presidency of the AU.
President Sisi has received the National Order of Merit from Guinea during his visit to the African country. Sisi greatly appreciated the National Order of Merit that he received from Guinea, believing it embodies historical ties between the two countries and peoples. He pressed for African solidarity in the face of current challenges and urged hard work to achieve social and economic justice in the continent. Sisi invited Condé to visit Egypt in the near future.
President Sisi arrived in Washington DC for the second time since he assumed office in 2014. A group of Egyptians living in the United States organized a rally in front of the US Capitol to welcome the Egyptian president.
President Sisi received US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at his residence at Blair House, the official presidential guest house, in his first official talks after he arrived in Washington. Pompeo said that Washington is looking to boost cooperation with Egypt to resolve challenges in the Middle East during his talks with President Sisi in Washington. The President and Pompeo discussed boosting the US-Egyptian strategic partnership as a mainstay of security and stability in the Middle East. The Egyptian president said he looks to boost political and security cooperation with the US in the coming period. The two addressed the crises in Libya, Syria and Yemen, stressing that political solutions are the only way out. El-Sisi and Pompeo also discussed Palestinian-Israeli peace efforts, and ways to prevent escalation in violence in the Gaza Strip.
President Sisi discussed Middle East peace efforts during talks in Washington with White House senior adviser Jared Kushner. President Sisi pledged that Cairo will continue to support efforts to ensure “a just, lasting solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on resolutions of international legitimacy, the two-state solution and the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative. Sisi urged the international community to take action to end human suffering in occupied Palestinian territory, namely in the Gaza Strip.
President Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi held a summit meeting with President Donald Trump, President of the United States of America. The meeting reviewed the bilateral cooperation between Egypt and the United States, especially in the economic arena, where they discussed ways to maximize the investment activities of American companies in Egypt, In light of the progress achieved in the implementation of the comprehensive economic reform program and the creation of the legislative and institutional structure to attract more foreign investments to Egypt.
President al-Sisi was keen to meet with Egyptian Siham Nassar, who was previously honored as the ideal mother, at his residence in New York City. She asked to meet the president to thank him for the state's efforts in combating virus C.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met at Blair House, the presidential guest house, with Ivanka Trump, daughter of adviser to President Donald Trump where they discussed women empowerment issues in light of the White House’s global women’s economic empowerment initiative which is focused on advancing women’s full and free participation in the global economy out of the belief that when women are empowered they spur economic growth and help create stable societies.
The president held talks also with International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde, where they reviewed the aspects of cooperation between Egypt and the IMF in the light of developments in the implementation of the Egyptian economic reform program.
Sisi attended also a working dinner hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in his honor at the chamber's premises in Washington.
During his talks with Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara at the presidential palace in Abidjan, President Sisi called for fostering economic cooperation with Côte d'Ivoire, through increasing trade exchange between the two countries. President Sisi said the state seeks to encourage Egyptian companies to pump further investments in the West African country. President Sisi noted that Cairo is willing to provide support for Côte d'Ivoire in infrastructure projects, in addition to strengthening bilateral cooperation in the field of capacity-building.
At the end of their talks, the two presidents agreed to activate the joint committee at the level of foreign ministers to enhance bilateral cooperation in different domains.
The Egyptian leader and his Ivorian counterpart witnessed the signing of a raft of memorandums of understanding in the areas of culture, health and information technology.
In a press conference with Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, President Sisi hailed the key role played by the west African nation at present time in raising the concerns and issues of African states through its membership in the UN Security Council. President Sisi said he is proud of being the first Egyptian leader to visit Côte d'Ivoire, adding that Cairo looks forward to fostering political and economic ties with Abidjan. President Sisi went on to say his current visit to Côte d'Ivoire, which coincides with Egypt's presidency of the African Union (AU) in 2019, is meant to strengthen security and stability, in addition to achieving development and prosperity for the two countries. President Sisi noted that he held constructive talks with the Ivorian leader on means of boosting bilateral ties at the different political, economic and security levels, as well as exchanging views on several regional and international issues.
President Sisi has received the National Order of Merit from Cote d'Ivoire during his visit to the African country. Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara held a luncheon in honor of Sisi on his historic visit to Abidjan. Ouattara welcomed Sisi, whose visit was the first ever paid by an Egyptian President to Cote d'Ivoire. The Ivorian president hailed good relations between his country and Egypt, praising Cairo’s prestigious position in the continent. Sisi appreciated that honoring, lauding mutual efforts of both countries to achieve development and integration in Africa. President Sisi invited his Ivorian counterpart to visit Cairo.
President Sisi was given a red-carpet reception upon arrival in the Senegalese capital Dakar. Sisi was received by Senegalese President Macky Sall.