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Bilateral Relations

Egypt and Austria

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Location

Austria is in the center of the continent of Europe, bordered by Germany, the Czech Republic to the north, Italy and Slovenia to the south, Slovakia and Hungary to the east, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west.

Area

83,878 km² (83,878 km²)

Capital

Vienna

Official Currency

Euro

Official language

German

Political relations

The current relations between the leaderships of Egypt and Austria are witnessing fruitful cooperation and mutual contacts, and the convergence of common interests and visions of the two countries on many issues that imposed themselves on the international community contributes significantly to the distinction of Egyptian-Austrian relations, whether at the bilateral level or through close coordination in international forums, and cooperation in order to promote international peace and security.The visit of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in 2018, to the Austrian capital, Vienna, to participate in the European-African Forum came to give these relations It will be the first visit by President Sisi to Austria since he assumed the reins of power, and the first presidential visit between Cairo and Vienna in more than 11 years .

The most prominent facts of relations between Cairo and Vienna:

On 3/7/2022, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry visited Austria, received by his Austrian counterpart, Alexander Schallenberg, the two sides discussed ways to enhance cooperation between Egypt and Austria, especially in the political, economic and investment fields, as well as international and regional issues of common concern.

On 1/11/2021, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg in Glasgow, Scotland, on the sidelines of the Climate Summit.President El-Sisi congratulated the Austrian Chancellor on his recent assumption of office, stressing Egypt's keenness to continue strengthening aspects of bilateral cooperation with Austria in various fields, especially trade, economic and tourism, within the framework of the historical cooperation and friendship relations between Egypt and Austria, which were reflected in the multiplicity of high-level visits exchanged between the two sides during the recent period. Advancing bilateral relations between the two countries, especially at the economic and trade levels, considering Egypt's efforts to improve the business climate, encourage the private sector and attract foreign direct investment, especially in light of the modern and integrated infrastructure that Egypt enjoys.

On 2/11/2020, Egypt expressed, in a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, its deep condemnation of the terrorist incident that occurred in downtown Vienna, which resulted in the death and injury of a number of Austrian citizens, and Egypt also extended its sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the injured, stressing that the Egyptian government and people stand with the government and people of Austria in that brutal incident, and expressing its confidence that the friendly Austrian people will overcome this painful situation.

On 15/2/2020, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with  Alexander Schallenberg, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria, during his current visit to the German city of Munich to participate in the 56th session of the Munich Security Conference,  Shoukry stressed during the meeting the importance of strengthening relations with Austria in various fields, reflecting the strength of political relations and the capabilities available to both sides,  and Egypt's keenness to coordinate with the Austrian side in the field of combating illegal immigration, and reviewed the existing cooperation with European countries in this regard, and the Austrian Foreign Minister praised the Egyptian efforts in this field,  and exchanged views on regional files of common interest, foremost of which is the peace process file, and ways to resolve the Libyan crisis.

On 14/1/2020, President Abdel FattahH. El-Sisi held a phone call with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, and the President congratulated Kurz on his re-assumption of the position of Chancellor and the formation of the new coalition government in Austria, looking forward to deepening and strengthening Egyptian-Austrian friendship relations. President El-Sisi referred to the advanced level of these relations at various levels during the recent period, especially at the economic and trade levels.   The Austrian Chancellor expressed his gratitude for congratulating the President and his country's appreciation for the strong and distinguished relations it has with Egypt, stressing Austria's desire to continue advancing joint cooperation at various levels to address the challenges facing the Mediterranean region.

On 14/10/2019, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry gave a lecture at the "Association for Foreign Policy and the United Nations in Austria" on Egypt's foreign policy, at the invitation of "Wolfgang Schussel", former Federal Chancellor of Austria, in which senior Austrian officials in the Chancellery, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Austrian Parliament participated, as well as directors of international organizations in Vienna, and a number of ambassadors accredited to Austria.  During the lecture, he reviewed Egypt's vision of the main challenges facing the Middle East, considering the multiple crises in the region, explaining that the Egyptian foreign policy supports the legitimate hopes and aspirations of peoples within the framework of preserving the stability of countries and the unity and integrity of their territories and institutions.

On 17/12/2018, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi visited Austria to participate in the work of the high-level forum between Africa and Europe, received by Alexander Van der Bellen, President of Austria, the two sides discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations in the political fields.

On 17/12/2018, the President met with  Austrian Chancellor Sebastian, to discuss a number of regional and international issues of common interest, especially the Palestinian issue, on which the two sides agreed on stressing the need to reach a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue on the basis of the two-state solution and in accordance with the 1967 borders, the provisions of international law and the Arab Peace Initiative.

On 11/12/2018, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, during which the President expressed Egypt's keenness to strengthen the historical relations between Egypt and Austria, especially by maximizing economic cooperation and increasing the volume of trade exchange between the two countries, by encouraging business leaders and major companies in Austria to invest in Egypt, especially with the recent positive developments in the field of economic reform. In upgrading the overall bilateral relations with Egypt, praising the tangible achievements made by Egypt in the fields of economic and social development, the establishment of major national projects, improving the investment climate and infrastructure development, stressing that Austria, as the current President of the European Union, considers Egypt a central partner in light of the complex ties that unite it with Europe and the common challenges facing them on both sides of the Mediterranean, and it also relies on Egypt's pivotal and effective role as a center of gravity for the stability of the Middle East and Africa.

On 16/9/2018, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Sebastian Kurz, Chancellor of Austria, visited Egypt, received by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, during the meeting, they reviewed and consulted on a number of files and issues of common interest between Egypt, the European Union and Austria in its capacity as the current president of the Union, especially the problem of illegal immigration, the meeting touched on a number of other files such as the Libyan and Syrian crisis, where visions and views agreed on the continuation of work to reach political settlements to the various crises witnessed by The region, which mainly contributes to the spread of the phenomenon of illegal immigration .

On 14/9/2018, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, during which they discussed bilateral relations as well as a number of issues of common interest between the two countries, where the Austrian Chancellor expressed the desire to develop relations with Egypt at all levels, praising Egypt's  effective efforts in the field of combating terrorism and achieving stability and security, as well as its successful efforts in confronting illegal immigration to Europe across its borders, stressing that Austria in its current capacity as President of the Union For his part, the President stressed the strength and strength of the relations between Egypt and Austria and the availability of the will and desire to push bilateral relations between the two sides to wider horizons.

On 6/7/2018, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry visited Austria, and was received by Karin Kneissl, Austrian Foreign Minister, where the two sides discussed strengthening coordination and political consultation mechanisms on regional and international issues of common interest.

On 6/7/2018, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

On 6/7/2018, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with Wolfgang Soptka, Speaker of the Austrian Parliament and the Austrian National Council, the two sides discussed Egypt's role in dealing with vital regional files and the worsening crises in the Middle East, the most important of which are the situations in Syria and Libya.

On 27/3/2018, Ambassador Michael Lehart, Secretary General of the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, visited Egypt, and was received by Ambassador Hamdi Sanad Loza, Deputy Foreign Minister for African Affairs, the two sides discussed the overall bilateral relations between the two sides, and  exchanged visions on the issues of illegal immigration and refugees, in addition to regional and international issues of interest, and developments in the region, especially the Middle East peace process and the situation in Syria, Libya and Yemen.

On 19/2/2018, Sameh Shoukry received the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Michael Spindlegger, Director General of the International Center for Migration Policy Development and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria, the meeting witnessed  a discussion on the most important migration issues in light of the great interest that Egypt attaches to this issue and ways to enhance regional and international cooperation to deal with this phenomenon, where the Foreign Minister stressed the constants of the Egyptian position based on achieving a balance between the security and development dimensions and addressing the root causes leading to migration, and the importance of opening channels for safe and regular migration.   Shoukry discussed the  national efforts exerted to address the phenomenon of illegal migration and the role played by the National Coordinating Committee to Combat Illegal Migration and Human Trafficking, as well as the success of the Egyptian authorities in controlling the borders against any attempt at illegal immigration, which prevented any boats from the Egyptian coast from departing to Europe since September 2016.

On 24/5/2017, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern, the talks  dealt with ways to strengthen bilateral relations and a number of regional and international issues of common interest, and the two sides discussed the repercussions of the crises witnessed by some countries of the region on the security and stability of the Middle East and Europe, including the issues of refugee and migrant flows and ways to deal with them, in addition to efforts to combat terrorism and extremism.  

On 12/10/2016, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met  with Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, Foreign Minister of Austria, the Foreign Minister discussed Egypt's efforts to deal with major issues in the region and the world, especially counter-terrorism efforts in light of Egypt's membership in the  United Nations Security Council and its chairmanship of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee, as well as combating extremism and extremism and Egypt's efforts to spread the values of moderation and Islamic moderation. The Foreign Minister also stressed the continued Egyptian desire to intensify and strengthen cooperation with Austria in  Various fields, especially in the economic field and the promotion of trade exchange in a way that rises to the level of distinguished relations between the two countries, especially after the opening of the Egyptian-Austrian Business Forum during the current visit, where the Austrian Foreign Minister pointed out that there are nearly 600 Austrian companies looking to increase their contribution to the partnership between the two countries, the Austrian minister was interested in identifying the Egyptian positions towards the main regional issues, especially the situation in Syria and Libya, as well as Egyptian efforts to revive negotiations Between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, Shoukry stressed the determinants of the Egyptian position towards the Syrian issue, and the Egyptian keenness to reach humanitarian aid to civilians.

On 19/9/2016, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the President expressed at the beginning of the meeting  Egypt's appreciation for the friendly relations between the two countries, stressing  the aspiration to develop them and achieve a qualitative leap in bilateral cooperation  during the coming period, during the meeting, views  were exchanged on a number of regional and international issues of common interest. At the end of the meeting, the Austrian Chancellor invited Mr.  The President paid an official visit to Austria, where the President accepted it, and in turn extended an invitation to the Austrian Chancellor, who welcomed the visit to Egypt.

On 4/2/2016,on the sidelines of his participation in the International Conference of Donors in Syria, which is currently being held in the British capital, London, Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, held talks with the Chancellor of Austria, discussing the political, security and humanitarian  situation in Syria, the efforts made by Egypt to help settle the Syrian crisis, the  support it provides to Syrian refugees on its territory, and ways to coordinate international efforts in order to deal with the serious humanitarian repercussions of the Syrian crisis.

On 14/11/2015, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry visited Austria to participate in the Vienna International Meeting on Syria.

On 21/5/2015, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received Sebastian Kurz, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Integration and European Affairs of the Republic of Austria, in the presence of Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Ambassador of Austria in Cairo and   the Director of the Middle East Department at the Austrian Foreign Ministry, the President stressed the importance of intellectual and religious aspects in combating terrorism, as religious discourse acquires double importance at the current stage, which requires correcting religious discourse and purifying it from any misconceptions, reflecting the true tolerant values of Islam in practice, and also stressed the importance of  The concerted efforts of the international community to help the forces of moderation wishing to spread the values of freedom of opinion and expression, acceptance  of the other and work for the good of humanity, which requires work to prevent the use of modern electronic means of communication other than their real purposes, which aim to achieve communication and acquaintance between peoples, transfer experiences and disseminate knowledge, For his part, the Austrian Foreign Minister praised the Egyptian efforts to combat terrorism at all domestic and international levels, noting the problem of foreign fighters who join the ranks of groups.  Extremists are present in several countries in the region.

On 8/10/2014, Khaled Shamaa, Egypt's Ambassador in Vienna, gave a lecture at the Bruno Kresky Institute for International Policy in Austria, on Egypt and political leadership in the Middle East, which dealt with a presentation of the stages of development of the "Egyptian experience" in democratic transformation, and emphasizing the construction and restoration efforts currently undertaken by Egypt, as well as Egypt's effective role in addressing the crises facing the Middle East, especially in the face of the growing threat of terrorism in the region.

On 25/9/2014, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz, and consultations were held on a number of regional issues, foremost of which were the developments in the Gaza Strip and ways to revive negotiations for a comprehensive settlement and the situation in Libya, Iraq and Syria, as well as addressing the issue of terrorism and ways to confront it, where Shoukry presented the Egyptian vision in this regard and the need to have a comprehensive framework to deal with this global phenomenon to ensure the success of regional and international efforts to eliminate this phenomenon .

In February 2011, it was agreed to hold the first round of political consultations between Egypt and Austria at the level of assistant foreign ministers to be held in Vienna.

Economic relations

Egypt and Austria have a history of distinguished economic relations.

Egyptian exports to Austria are represented in vegetables and fruits, especially beans, onions, strawberries and grapes, as well as medicinal and aromatic plants, spices, and fertilizers, whether raw or processed.

Egyptian imports from Austria are paper and  cardboard, machinery and transport equipment, pharmaceutical and medical products, steel (steel), non-metallic metal products, various manufactured tools, vegetables and fruits, and animal feed.

Egyptian-Austrian Businessmen Council:

The Egyptian-Austrian Businessmen Council was established in November 2006 in implementation of what was agreed upon during the visit of the President of the Republic to Austria in order to activate cooperation relations between the two countries in all fields. Four sessions of the Council were held alternately between Egypt and Austria, the last of which was held on 16-19 March 2009 in Cairo.

The most prominent facts of economic relations between the two countries

On 27/4/2023, Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Prime Minister, and Mr. Karl Nehammer, Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, chaired a joint round table attended by high-level officials from the governments of the two countries, and representatives of the Egyptian and Austrian business community, Madbouly said  that our bilateral relations have witnessed a remarkable development in recent years, the Prime Minister stressed that with regard to trade, trade exchange between the two countries is less than our potential, as the average volume of trade exchange between Egypt and Austria during the past five years reached 309 million.  US dollar, stressing in this context the aspiration to work to diversify Egypt's exports and facilitate the entry of Egyptian agricultural and industrial products into the Austrian market.  Regarding investments, Madbouly explained that the value of Austrian investments in Egypt amounted to about 27 million US dollars, through 173 companies in various sectors such as chemical industries, transportation, engineering industries, building materials, food industries, and pharmaceuticals,  Dr. Mostafa Madbouly stressed that this round table is an important opportunity for us to explore new ways of cooperation between our two countries, calling on all participants to actively participate in discussions and exchange views and ideas on how to strengthen our economic partnership for the benefit  Reciprocal.

On 27/4/2023, Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Prime Minister, met today, "Wolfgang Sobotka", Speaker of the Austrian National Council "Parliament" and his accompanying delegation, which includes a number of parliamentarians and representatives of companies, the Prime Minister pointed to Egypt's aspiration to strengthen economic cooperation relations between Egypt and Austria, which do not reflect the strength of political relations or the capabilities available to the two friendly countries, praising the Austrian Parliament for accompanying representatives of business institutions to explore investment opportunities in Egypt, stressing that Egypt has a market Promising foreign investment and our aspiration to attract more Austrian investments, the Prime Minister also expressed Egypt's aspiration to resume the meetings of the Joint Committee for Economic Cooperation between the two countries, which have not been held for about 10 years, as well as to maintain the periodicity of the Joint Business Council that was inaugurated in Vienna in 2016.

On 19/4/2023, Eng. Ahmed Samir, Minister of Trade and Industry, held a meeting with Dr. Georg Stelfried, Ambassador of Austria in Cairo, during which they reviewed ways to develop joint economic cooperation relations in the fields of trade, industry and investment, and the meeting also dealt with developments in the global economic situation and a number of files of common interest, the meeting was attended by Minister Trade Commissioner / Yahya Al-Wathiq Billah, Head of the Commercial Representation Service, and Samir indicated that the coming period will witness more coordination between the ministry and the Austrian Chamber of Commerce to provide reliable information  To the Austrian business community about investment opportunities, laws and economic legislation applied in Egypt, which contributes to increasing Austrian investments in theEgyptian market during the next stage.

On 30/3/2023, members of the National Initiative for the Development of Egyptian Industry "IBDA" met with "Dr. Georg Stelfried", Ambassador of Austria in Cairo, Trade Consul Georg Klein and his accompanying delegation at the headquarters of "IBDA" Company for Enterprise Development - which is the executive arm of the initiative, to discuss ways of joint cooperation to develop Egyptian industries and open new horizons to attract more foreign investments in various sectors.  Work and reduce the import gap by adding new investments to the industrial sector in line with the state's goals to achieve sustainable economic and social growth within Egypt's Vision 2030, and within the framework of attracting investment, members of the "Ibda" initiative indicated the possibility of preparing a delegation of "Ibda" businessmen to meet investors from Austria to review joint cooperation opportunities.

On 22/10/2021, the Embassy of Egypt in Austria, in cooperation with the Arab-Austrian Chamber of Commerce and the Union of Arab Chambers, organized an economic event under the framework of the "Twelfth Arab-Austrian Economic Forum", virtually, where the Arab Republic of Egypt was the guest of honor this year of the forum, which is held annually, the event, in which more than 120 local and international companies and institutions participated, dealt with 3 main axes related to Egypt, namely the economic reforms that have taken place in recent years, investment and trade opportunities with Egypt, and opportunities Cooperation and investment in the transport sector, the  deliberations reflected the volume of new projects in Egypt, the investment opportunities available to Austrian companies in many fields, especially in the fields of development, transport and tourism, and ways to advance economic and investment relations between the two countries during the coming period.

On 14/4/2021,  within the framework of enhancing economic relations and trade exchange between Egypt and Austria, Ambassador Mohamed El Molla, Ambassador of Egypt in Vienna, met  with Margarete Schramböck,  Austria's Minister of Economy and Digital Transformation, where they reviewed the historical economic ties between the two countries, as well as the tremendous economic development that Egypt has witnessed during the past years, which is due to economic reforms and the efforts made by the Egyptian state to achieve sustainable development, attract investments and create new job opportunities, including projects.    The meeting touched on the Egyptian success in ending the position of the stranded ship in the Suez Canal, as well as the importance of this vital shipping lane for the movement of global trade. The two sides also discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in the fields of investment, business and trade, as well as ways to develop the horizon of economic and trade cooperation between the two countries for the benefit of all parties.

On 4/2/2020, Ambassador Omar Amer, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Austria, met with Austrian Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg, during the reception held by Chancellor Kurz for ambassadors and heads of missions, the Egyptian ambassador discussed the economic reform steps implemented by Egypt during the past period, and the exceptional incentives launched by the Egyptian government to attract foreign investments, calling on the Austrian side to invest in Egypt and benefit from these incentives.

On 19/12/2018, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with representatives of major Austrian companies in Vienna, the President pointed out during the meeting that Egypt is the gateway to Africa and the Middle East and has all sources of energy and modern infrastructure, a new road network and raising the efficiency of ports, airports and new cities, pointing to the legislative environment that has become available in Egypt currently, in addition to the low labor cost, and stressed the importance of localizing Austrian expertise and industries in Egypt to ensure continued sustainability, and to be of good cost, He explained that the president reviewed during the meeting the investment opportunities enjoyed by Egypt during the current period, and the measures taken by the government to facilitate the problems of foreign investors, including the existence of two prices for the dollar, and solving the problem of transfers of profits of foreign companies abroad .

On 13/10/2016, Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, opened the Egyptian-Austrian Business Forum, where he focused on ways to enhance economic and trade relations between Egypt and Austria in various fields, and the possibilities available to increase the volume of Austrian investments in Egypt. Shoukry met with Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Austrian Parliament Josef Kap, and a number of Austrian party leaders.

On 24/8/2016, Dr. Sahar Nasr, Minister of International Cooperation, received Ambassador Georg Stilferd, Ambassador of Austria to Cairo, where it was agreed to extend the current financial cooperation agreement between the two countries funded by the Austrian side worth 50 million euros until 2018.Nasr discussed, with the Ambassador of Austria, aspects of joint and future cooperation, where they discussed projects that can be cooperated, according to the priorities of the Egyptian people and the government's program in the current period, and discussed the preparation of the new financial cooperation agreement between the two countries. Austria has so far contributed to financing a number of important projects, the most important of which is the establishment of an information and control network for river transport activity in the transport sector.

On 25/9/2014, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, the meeting dealt with the developments of relations between the two countries and ways to enhance them, especially in the fields of economic and trade cooperation and in the fields of investment.

On 23/5/2014 Within the framework of the continuous efforts of the Egyptian Embassy in Vienna to support and strengthen bilateral economic and trade relations between Egypt and Austria, Ambassador Khaled Shamaa, Ambassador of Egypt in Vienna, met with a number of Austrian businessmen representing a number of Austrian companies interested in working in Egypt, which are active in areas that are a priority for the Egyptian side such as oil and gas, new and renewable energy, water-related technology, irrigation, water waste management and reuse, with the participation of officials of the Federal Economic Chamber.   The meeting came  within the framework of the existing preparations to arrange a visit for the aforementioned businessmen to Egypt, in coordination with the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, a visit aimed at exploring the opportunities available to a number of Austrian companies in Egypt, during the meeting they  touched on the importance of strengthening cooperation between the Egyptian side and Austrian companies working in the fields of new and renewable energy, especially with regard to the possibilities of transferring technology related to the generation and use of solar energy, which is a priority  For Egypt at the moment, Austria is progressing.

Electricity & Energy

On 16/9/2018, Dr. Mohamed Shaker, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, headed a high-level delegation to Austria to participate in the activities of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency at its sixty-second session. Shaker delivered Egypt's statement at the opening session of the conference, during which a number of important and key issues were discussed, foremost of which is the increasing international cooperation in the fields of nuclear energy, radiation, transport of nuclear waste and safety of transport, strengthening the Agency's activities related to nuclear science, technologies and applications, as well as the main factors for the safe use of nuclear technologies.

Cultural and educational relations

The first forum for Egyptian scientists and experts was launched in Austria on April 14, 2014.

Cooperation between the BA and the National Library of Austria

Cooperation between the Egyptian Library and the Austrian National Library

On 21/10/2022, Dr. Ayman Ashour, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, received Dr. Georg Stelfried, Ambassador of Austria in Cairo, to discuss ways to support cooperation between Egypt and Austria in the scientific and research fields.  Egyptian and its Austrian counterpart.

On 16/9/2022, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, received at the papal headquarters in Cairo His Eminence Bishop Gabriel, Bishop of the Archdiocese of Austria, who arrived in Cairo recently, and was keen to meet His Holiness the Pope, and presented to His Holiness some files related to his pastoral service in Austria.

On 12/12/2018, Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, during the reception of Georg Stelfried, Ambassador of Austria in Cairo, stressed the depth of relations between Egypt and Austria, especially in the educational and cultural fields, and pointed to the importance of strengthening scientific cooperation relations between the ministry, Egyptian universities and the Austrian side, calling for more cooperation through the provision of scholarships, scientific missions and joint research programs in priority fields, and the need to expand support for partnership between Egyptian and Austrian research and scientific institutions in  The two sides also discussed many topics, including: How to benefit from the experiences of the Austrian side in many disciplines, including: tourism, medicine, nursing and technical studies, For his part, the Austrian ambassador in Cairo stressed the continuation of cooperation between Egypt and Austria in the implementation of joint scientific projects between the two countries, pointing to his country's keenness to push and encourage bilateral cooperation with Egypt during the next stage .

On 14/5/2017, Dr. Mohamed Fouad, a member of the House of Representatives, received the Austrian delegation of students from the University of "Innsbruck", during a scientific visit with a group of university professors, within a mission that includes more than 20 students of different European nationalities, to learn about the economic and political systems in the Middle East, Fouad said that the importance of this visit stems from the fact that the University of Innsbruck is one of the oldest universities in Europe, as it was founded in 1562, and it also plays an important role in public life with its A global reputation, especially in the field of medicine through the famous university medical hospital, the Faculty of Economics, and Law with a prestigious reputation locally and regionally, Fouad stressed the importance of this visit, as it works to exchange youth and cultural experiences, learn about the different political and economic systems, and consolidate Egyptian-Austrian relations .

On 30/8/2015, the Egyptian Embassy in Vienna organized a cultural evening and a reception at the embassy on the visit of the Egyptian novelist, Salwa Bakr, to Austria, within the framework of a program to enhance Arab/Austrian cultural cooperation in cooperation with the "Dialogue of Cultures" working group at the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

On 10/6/2015 Within the framework of the efforts of the Egyptian Embassy in Vienna in terms of continuous communication with all spectrums of Austrian society and enhancing cooperation between Egypt and Austria in various fields, the Egyptian Ambassador to Austria Khaled Shamaa met at the embassy with a number of members of  the Austrian PEN Club of Austrian writers and intellectuals, headed by the President of the Austrian PEN Club,  during this meeting the importance of this opportunity for dialogue that contributes to strengthening cultural and literary ties between the Egyptian and Austrian sides was emphasized. He  also referred to a previous visit by a number of members of the  Austrian PEN Club to Egypt, where they held a number of fruitful meetings with their counterparts in Egypt from writers and intellectuals, especially with the writer "Gamal Al-Ghitani", and the possibility of arranging another visit for a number of representatives of the club to Egypt during the coming period to learn about the latest developments in the literary and cultural arena in Egypt, and the possibilities of cultural exchange and literary cooperation available between the two sides, especially at the level of translation work between Arabic and German. For Egyptian and Austrian literary works.

On April 14, 2014, the Ambassador of Egypt to Austria, Khaled Shamaa, held a special meeting at the embassy headquarters in the capital, Vienna, bringing together a number of Egyptian scientists and experts  specialized in various scientific, academic and university fields, and a  forum was launched that brings together scientists and experts working in various scientific and technological fields from Egyptians residing in Austria to provide a window that allows them to put forward all ideas, opinions and proposals that would contribute to enhancing Egypt's benefit from these magazines under the auspices of the Egyptian Embassy.

In 2012, the Egyptian Cultural Week was held in Austria under the auspices of the Embassy of Egypt in Austria.

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On 19/1/2022, Georg Crane, President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, said that the volume of Austrian exports exceeds Egyptian exports to Austria, and with regard to the quality of Austrian exports to Egypt, on top of which comes equipment, devices, machinery and food, in addition to participating in the construction of new cities such as  the Administrative Capital.

Tourism

On 20/10/2021, Dr. Khaled El-Anany, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, participated in a recorded video speech in which he shed light on the development of the tourism and antiquities sector in Egypt, in the Arab-Austrian Economic Forum in its twelfth edition, which is organized by the Egyptian Embassy in Austria virtually in cooperation with the Arab-Austrian Chamber of Commerce, the Union of Arab Chambers and the General Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce, under the title "Economic Development and Investment Opportunities in Egypt", the minister spoke about the relations of friendship and joint cooperation that bring together Egypt and Austria in All fields, including the field of tourism and antiquities, expressing his confidence that this forum will in turn enhance ways of joint cooperation between the two countries and exchange experiences to develop human cadres in all fields.

On 3/3/2021, Air Cairo signed a sales and marketing cooperation agreement with Sun Express, one of the most important air carriers in transporting tourism to Egyptian tourist attractions. Under this agreement, Air Cairo operates 30 regular weekly flights between Hurghada and 14 airports in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, which contributes to the return of tourist traffic to Hurghada, the jewel of the Red Sea.

On 5/5/2015, Ambassador Khaled Shamaa, Ambassador of Egypt to Austria, met with Mr. Karl Blikha, President of the Austrian General Union of Pensioners, within the framework of discussing ways to promote tourism to Egypt, Ambassador Khaled Shamaa discussed with the Austrian official encouraging the members of the Union, which numbered 400 thousand Austrian citizens, to visit Egypt, as part of the tourism programs organized by the Union for its members to various countries of the world.  During the meeting, it was agreed to discuss the head of the tourism sector of the Federation of Pensioners in Austria to conduct an introductory visit to Egypt in cooperation with the Egyptian Embassy in Austria and its tourist office with the aim of developing and developing a number of tourism programs for the members of the Austrian Union of pensioners, in order to include them in the annual tourism programs organized by the Federation to various international tourist destinations.

2/10/2013 The Austrian government has taken a decision to ease travel warnings to its citizens from coastal areas in Egypt, including the areas of Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab and the Gulf of Aqaba, as well as the areas of Ain Sokhna, Hurghada and Marsa Alam, Austria's decision came  in response to the  efforts made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Egyptian embassies abroad in full coordination with the Ministry of Tourism to work to support tourist attractions efforts to Egypt, explaining that a large number of European countries have reduced the travel warnings they issued regarding the travel of their citizens to Egypt These include Germany, Hungary, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Norway, France, Slovenia, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Estonia and Switzerland.

Austria won the twinning project between Egypt and the European Union in February 2007 in the field of tourism, which aims to develop tourism activity in Egypt, and Egypt is one of the top 6 tourist destinations visited by Austrian tourists in recent years.

Health Collaboration

On 21/10/2014, Khaled Shamaa, Ambassador of Egypt to Austria and international organizations in Vienna, met with a delegation of Egyptian hepatologist associations participating in the work of the European Conference of Hepatologists, the   meeting discussed ways to support the Egyptian government's efforts to combat the spread of virus C epidemic disease, especially after the success of the Ministry of Health in agreeing with international pharmaceutical companies to provide medicine in Egypt at prices that allow people with this disease to obtain it (currently about 6 thousand pounds for a two-month course of treatment, In exchange for its price abroad, which is close to 600 thousand pounds), Dr. Ashraf Omar, Professor of Liver and Consultant of Liver Transplantation at Cairo University, presented the need for various companies and institutions from the public and private sectors to contribute to providing medicine to their employees in exchange for providing tax facilities to these companies and institutions, in order to support the efforts of the Ministry of Health in this regard as well as accelerate the pace of eradication of this disease in Egypt, in addition to suggesting the possibility of Egyptian civil society organizations to contribute to Ambassador Khaled Shamaa also reviewed during the meeting the possibilities of maximizing the benefit of cooperation relations between the societies of hepatologists in Egypt and the European Society of Hepatology, including the possibility of dedicating part of the annual conference of the European Society to be held next year to discuss ways to strengthen Egyptian efforts to combat the spread of the epidemic virus, especially with regard to supporting Egyptian national programs to prevent infection. Along with efforts to provide treatment for people with this disease.

Parliamentary Cooperation

On 27/4/2023, Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Prime Minister, met with  Wolfgang Sobotka, Speaker of the Austrian National Council and his accompanying delegation, which includes a number of parliamentarians and representatives of companiesAt the beginning of the meeting, the Prime Minister welcomed the President of the Austrian Parliament and his accompanying delegation, praising the historical friendly relations between Egypt and Austria, and the continuous communication between the President of the Republic and the Austrian Chancellor to strengthen bilateral relations and consult on the most important regional issues in the Euro-Mediterranean framework, noting  President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi invited Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to visit Cairo this year, and the Prime Minister expressed Egypt's aspiration to exchange parliamentary experiences between the two countries, encouraging parliamentarians in Austria to visit Egypt and meet with their Egyptian counterparts, stressing at the same time Egypt's keenness to coordinate with the Austrian side in the fields of combating illegal immigration and combating terrorism, and exchanging experiences between the two sides in light of Austria's interest in these two files.

On 17/12/2018, President Abdel Fattah visited the National Council of the Austrian Parliament and was received by Mr. Wolfgang Sobotka, Speaker of the Council, "Sobotka" welcomed the visit of the President to Austria, noting the distinguished relations between the Egyptian and Austrian peoples, explaining his country's keenness to support Egypt in its efforts to achieve comprehensive development, which has witnessed a great boom during the recent period, and to strengthen the partnership between the two countries in various fields, especially at the parliamentary level.  For his part, the President expressed his appreciation for the visit of the National Assembly and looked forward to this visit as a starting point for the development of the distinguished friendly relations between Egypt and Austria at various levels, especially in the parliamentary part through the exchange of experiences and parliamentary visits between the two countries, which contributes to enhancing communication between the two peoples and upgrading joint bilateral cooperation.

Egyptian Community

On 19/12/2018, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with a number of members of the Egyptian community in Austria, the group that the President met with are the families of the deceased and the injured who were exposed to a traffic accident in the German city of Dresden while traveling by land heading from Vienna to Berlin to participate in welcoming the visit of the President to Germany In June 2015, the President held a dialogue with the attendees of the community and identified their conditions, stressing the importance of benefiting from the experiences and proposals of Egyptians abroad, who They represent a great wealth for the homeland, and therefore it is necessary to work to strengthen the ties between them and their motherland, and involve them in the efforts made by the state to build the future, which requires tireless effort and a real will aware of the challenges and ways to face them, members of the community with the efforts of Mr. President to advance the comprehensive development process.  

Contractual framework

In December 1996 the agreement on economic, technical, industrial, and technological cooperation was signed.

On 25/6/2001, the Egyptian-European Participation Agreement was signed, ratified by the European Parliament on 29/11/2001 and then ratified by the parliaments of the fifteen member states of the Union, and Austria was the last country to ratify the Convention on 13/3/2004, i.e., before the accession of the ten new countries. The Harmonization Protocol of the Association Agreement was signed in Brussels on 20/12/2004 on the accession of 10 new countries to the European Union. 

In 2007, a financial cooperation agreement was signed between the governments of Egypt and Austria, through which many projects were financed.

In February 2011, an agreement exempting holders of diplomatic, special and mission passports from entry visas between the two countries.

In July 2021, a concessional financing agreement was submitted to the Egyptian National Railways Authority to supply 4 machines for the maintenance of Egyptian Railways worth 8.5 million euros.

On 27/4/2023 Signing a letter of intent on enhancing economic cooperation between Egypt and the Federal Ministry of Labor and Economy of the Republic of Austria, through the Joint Economic Committee, the letter of intent aims to strengthen relations between the two countries in the fields of economic,  commercial and technical cooperation for mutual benefit, as well as intensifying the exchange of information, experiences and best practices between the two governments at all levels, through official visits, economic missions and business forums, in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber .


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