Thursday، 12 November 2015 12:00 AM
Egyptian Officials' visits to Romania
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, at Al-Ittihadiya Palace On October, 27, 2021.
The two Presidents held a bilateral session of talks, followed by an expanded meeting attended by the two countries’ delegations. President El-Sisi welcomed the Romanian President, lauding the historic relations between the two countries. The President looked forward to further advancing bilateral cooperation, in light of the growing relations and exchanges of high-level visits. Those included President El-Sisi’s visit to the Romanian capital, Bucharest, in June 2019, which marked the first visit by an Egyptian President to Romania in about 15 years.
The meeting discussed ways to promote cooperation, particularly economic and trade relations, to be commensurate with the level of the outstanding political relations.
The two Presidents also tackled exchanging expertise and information as well as encouraging joint investments in sectors with competitive advantage in both Egypt and Romania. President El-Sisi and President Iohannis agreed on the need to work toward convening the fourth round of the two countries’ joint committee concerned with the development of all aspects of economic and technical cooperation at the bilateral level. They also commended the convening of the Egyptian-Romanian Economic Forum, on the sidelines of the Romanian President’s current visit to Egypt to represent a link between the two countries’ business leaders and representatives of major corporates.
The talks also touched on cooperation in the field of energy in its various forms, given the two countries’ commitment to diversifying and securing their sources of energy, Egypt’s endeavors to become a regional hub for energy production and circulation in the Middle East, as well as Romania’s efforts to become a regional hub for energy in the Balkans region and East Europe. The two Presidents also focused on cooperation in the fields of tourism, agriculture, and industry in addition to military and security cooperation.
The meeting also reviewed a number of regional issues. The two Presidents underscored the importance of exerting concerted efforts in order to achieve peaceful solutions, that would primarily preserve the entity of the nation-state. Within this framework, the two Presidents’ agreed on the importance of holding elections in Libya in December 2021 to give the Libyan people the chance to choose a united government that would preserve the security, stability, unity and sovereignty of Libya. The two Presidents stressed the need to commit to UN resolutions on the withdrawal of all mercenaries and foreign forces from the Libyan territories.
President El-Sisi and the Romanian President also discussed the Syrian crisis and its impact on the region’s stability as well as efforts underway by the UN envoy to reach a peaceful settlement for this crisis.
The meeting also tackled the latest developments in efforts exerted to revive the peace process in the Middle East, and ensure calm between the Israelis and Palestinians. The two Presidents agreed on the importance of reaching a just and comprehensive solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, in line with the resolutions of international legitimacy.
President El-Sisi also reviewed Egypt’s efforts to combat terrorism and extremist ideology. He underlined the need for the international community to address the root-causes of this scourge through a comprehensive approach that encompasses all dimensions and causes. President El-Sisi and Romania’s President also exchanged views regarding the phenomenon of illegal migration. President El-Sisi underscored Egypt’s commitment to combating this phenomenon, highlighting Egypt’s efforts which have successfully addressed the movement of the refugees across the Mediterranean.
This stemmed from Egypt’s responsibility toward its citizens and toward the security of its partners. The President asserted the importance of dealing with the immigration file within the framework of sharing responsibility and bearing the burden, underlining the need to not only focus on security-based solutions without addressing the root-causes of the economic and developmental problems in source countries.
The Romanian President valued Egyptian efforts to combat terrorism and extremist ideology, as well as the successful Egyptian experience in addressing illegal migration. He underscored his keenness on further enhancing cooperating with Egypt across all levels to counter the challenges facing both banks of the Mediterranean. The President of Romania lauded Egypt’s efforts to enhance bridges of dialogue among African and Arab countries and EU countries. He affirmed Romania’s keenness on supporting Egypt’s stance and conveying it to the EU, in light of it being one of the most important neighborhood countries to the EU, given Egypt’s position as one of the key neighboring countries of the European continent and in light of the direct relation between the security of Europe and the situation in the Middle East region and the African continent.
From 24 to 25 March 2009, Prosecutor General Abdel Mageed Mahmoud visited Romania to participate in the Third World Summit of Prosecutors and Attorneys General held in Bucharest, Romania.
In 2007, during his Chairmanship of the Institute for Diplomatic Studies, Ambassador Walid Abdel Nasser visited Romania, where he reviewed the activity of the Diplomatic Institute in Bucharest and deliberated means of bilateral cooperation. He also delivered a lecture on Egypt's vision on the political changes in the Middle East.
In June 2007, Assistant Foreign Minister Raouf Saad participated in the Conference of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), hosted in Bucharest on Combating All Forms of Racial Discrimination and Protecting Religions.
In September 2006, former Minister of International Cooperation Fayza Abul Naga visited Romania and represented the Former President in the Francophone Summit meetings, hosted in Bucharest. The Minister was accompanied by a high-level delegation, which encompassed Assistant Foreign Minister for Multilateral Relations Ambassador Naela Gabr.
Within the first half of 2006, former Assistant Foreign Minister for International Economic Relations Ambassador Amr Helmi visited Romania.
In 2005, former Parliament Speaker Dr. Ahmed Fathi Sorour visited Romania, where he met with the Speakers of the Romanian House of Representatives and the Senate.
In 1999, 2001 and 2004, former President Hosni Mubarak visited Romania. President Traian Băsescu invited him to visit Romania, and the invitation was recently renewed.
Romanian Officials' Visits to Egypt
From 29 September to 4 October 2009, the visit of former Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises to Egypt, accompanied by a Senior economic delegation, and 19 Romanian companies representatives working in IT, energy, transport, construction and petrochemical industries where a number of agreements was signed on the sidelines of the mutual businessmen visits.
In June 2009, Romania participated in the Second Preparatory Meeting of the International Renewable Energy Agency, held in Sharm El-Sheikh. The Romanian delegation was headed by Romanian State Minister of Economy.
In March 2009, Romanian State Minister for Foreign Relations d' Oro Costa participated in the International Conference held in Sharm El-Sheikh on the Reconstruction of Gaza.
On 2 June 2008, Romanian MPs, members of Parliamentary Association for Euro-Med Cooperation, visited Egypt, participating in the Economic, Finance, Social and Educational Relations Committee affiliate to the assembly and hosted by the People's Assembly.
In March 2008, Romanian Former Minister of Economy and Finance Varujan Vosganian visited Egypt to inaugurate the Romanian Pavilion at the International Cairo Fair. He met with former Ministers of International Cooperation, Trade, Industry and Finance.
On 30 October 2007, the Former Romanian Foreign Minister Adrian Cioroianu paid an official visit to Egypt, where he held a series of bilateral deliberations with former Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit. He also met with Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa. Furthermore, the Romanian Foreign Minister visited the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and Anna Lindh Foundation as Romania has recently allocated $50,000 supporting its activities.
On 21- 22 February 2007, a number of Romanian former Presidents visited Egypt in the last years, including President Emil Constantinescu and President Ion Iliescu. Furthermore, the current President, Traian Băsescu paid an official visit to Egypt, where he met with Former President Hosni Mubarak, Prime Minister and Speaker of the Parliament. He also held an expanded meeting with a group of businessmen from the two countries. The visit also witnessed the signature of three bilateral agreements on Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation, Protecting and Encouraging Investments and bilateral Cooperation between the
two Investment Authorities.
In 2007, Foreign Minister Adrian Cioroianu participated in the International Conference on Iraq held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
Bilateral Political Consultation Mechanism between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs
The last Political Consultation Round was held in Cairo in November 2008. It is scheduled to agree on making a date to follow up these deliberations in 2010. Coordination with the Romanian side is ongoing to hold the next Round in Bucharest at the Assistant Foreign Ministerial level.