President Sisi’s visit to India
Tuesday، 30 August 2016 - 04:56 PM
President Sisi’s talks focus on promoting bilateral relations in the fields of economy, investment and development, increasing the volume of trade that reached $4 bn per year, enhancing Indian companies partaking in Egypt’s national projects currently implemented and discussing a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern.
Egypt and India are considered the cornerstone of the Non-Alignment Movement, G-15 and coordination between the developing countries to defend their interests. Both countries seek to increase the volume of trade and investment and benefit from the Indian economic development experience in Egypt’s current economic reform process.
The last five years have witnessed a remarkable development of trade and investment between Egypt and India, where the trade volume increased to $3.3 bn in 2010/2011 and $4.76 bn in 2014/2015. The volume of India’s exports to Egypt reached $3.02 bn and Egypt’s exports to India reached $1.74 bn. India is considered the third biggest importer from Egypt after Italy and Saudi Arabia and the tenth biggest exporter to Egypt. The number of Indian companies in Egypt is 50 companies with $3 bn investments, providing 35 thousand job opportunities to Egyptians.
After his visit to India, President Sisi will head to China to participate with world leaders in G-20 Summit. The participation reflects that Egypt has materialized tangible progress on the ground towards achieving development rates that help the society and the state to flourish and recover.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi will hold important talks with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President of the Indian Parliament and Indian Foreign Minister on means of enhancing bilateral cooperation in various domains, especially the economic, investment and development scores.
The talks will also tackle a host of issues of mutual concern, topped by the Middle East issue and anti-terror efforts.
Activities of President Sisi's visit to India
(September 01, 2016)
* Sisi meets Indian FM in New Delhi on bilateral ties
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
During the meeting, they discussed means of fostering bilateral relations as well as a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern.
* Sisi meets members of Egyptian-Indian business council
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held a meeting with members of the Egyptian-Indian Business Council, which started its meetings.
During the meeting, President Sisi reviewed ways of increasing trade between the two countries and promoting Indian investments in the Egyptian market along with the available opportunities in Egypt.
Most of the Indian investments in Egypt focused in Port Said, Ismailia and Suez areas.
The trade and investment between the two countries witnessed remarkable improvement over the past five years.
Bilateral trade also witnessed an increase worth by 60% during the same period, to increase from 3.3 billion dollars in 2010/2011 to 4.76 billion dollars in 2014/2015.
India's exports to India reached 3.02 billion dollars while the value of India's imports from Egypt hit 1.74 billion dollars.
* Sisi holds with Kerry in New Delhi
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held talks with US State Secretary John Kerry on means of boosting bilateral relations.
In press statements, the Egyptian top diplomat said that the talks touched on Washington's support for current talks between Egypt and the International Monetary Fund on obtaining a loan within the framework of the US's keenness on the stability of Egypt.
The two sides also took up the recent developments of some issues of common concern atop of which comes the files of Syria, Yemen and Libya.
Kerry briefed president Sisi on the outcome of Russian-US consultations on ending the Syrian crisis peacefully, said Shoukry, adding that president Sisi underlined Egypt's support for all efforts for settling the Syrian crisis peacefully and uprooting terrorism in Syria along with maintaining the sovereignty of the Syrian State and its territorial integrity.
The talks dealt with efforts exerted by the UN envoy to Yemen for ending the Yemeni crisis, he said, adding that recent developments in Libya were also tackled, with the two sides confirming the necessity of reaching a political consensus by the Libyan political parties concerned.
The Palestinian issue was also discussed at the meeting, said Shoukry, adding that the Palestinian cause is on top of the Egyptian foreign policy's priorities.
As for talks between president Sisi and Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, Shoukry noted that the talks dealt with means of promoting joint cooperation in several domains and political coordination for fighting the challenges of terrorism.
The Indian top diplomat floated her country's initiative for holding an international conference in the United Nations on terrorism, said Shoukry, adding that president Sisi asserted his support for all international efforts aimed at fighting terrorism, he added.
(September 02, 2016)
* Official reception held at Indian presidential palace for Sisi
An official reception was held at the presidential palace for visiting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.
President Sisi reviewed with his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee the guard of honor while artillery fired 21 bullets welcoming president Sisi.
Attending the ceremony was Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Participating in the parade were Indian military men who were carrying the Indian and Egyptian flags.
President Sisi gave a brief speech where he expressed pleasure for visiting India for the second time in less than one year.
He voiced confidence that the visit will help promote bilateral relations in various domains.
* Sisi lays down wreath on tomb of Mahatma Ghandi in New Delhi
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi laid down a wreath on the tomb of late Indian leader Mahatma Ghandi in the Indian capital.
* Sisi, Indian PM start official talks in New Delhi
Official talks between President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicked off at the Indian Cabinet headquarters.
The talks are taking up means of promoting bilateral cooperation in several domains; especially the economic and investment fields.
Also, the talks are dealing with several other topics of common concern atop of which come the Middle East issue and means of fighting terrorism.
Sisi extended an invitation to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Egypt. The invitation is aimed at discussing means of promoting joint cooperation in several domains.
Sisi and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between both countries on cooperation in the field of maritime navigation.
The memorandum was signed by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Indian Minister of State for Maritime Transport Radhakrishnan.
"El Sisi's visit" in the Indian Press
The Indian newspaper "Indian Express" highlighted the Egyptian media focus on the Egyptian President's visit to India for tackling economic, political and cultural domains of mutual interest .
The "Indian Express" said that the Egyptian newspaper "Al Gomhuria" will shed light on the Egyptian President's 3-day visit to India customizing a whole page for deliberating the historical relations between the two countries along with a meeting with the Indian Ambassador in Cairo to discuss various economic, political and cultural issues.
Within the same framework, the" Indian Express" mentioned al Ahram's focus on the Egyptian President's due visit to India and China noting the prospective visit to India by an Egyptian delegation including ministries of industry, foreign trade on means of establishing an Indian-Egyptian industrial zone in Egypt.
Statement by President El Sisi at a joint press conference with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi