President Abdel Fattah El Sisi starts on Sunday 2/7/2017 an official visit to Budapest, Hungary to participate in the Visegrad Group summit that will be held on Monday 3/7/2017.
Egypt is the first Middle East, Arab and African country to participate in the summit.
The Visegrad Group – which groups Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic – was formed in 1991 with the aim of having member countries work together in a number of fields of common interest within the all-European integration.
Egypt is the first Middle East State and the third non-member State to be invited to participate in a Visegrad Group summit – after Japan and Germany.
President Sisi is set to meet Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to discuss bolstering relations in the economic, political and cultural fields in the coming period.
Egypt seeks benefiting from the large industrial base of the four Visegrad Group countries, as well as attracting new investments and tourists from Central Europe.
President Sisi will discuss with the leaders of the four countries Egypt’s vision on combating terrorism and drying out its sources, as well as means of stopping irregular migration to Europe.
Sunday July, 2
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi arrived at Hungary on a three-day official visit, during which he will participate in the summit of the Visegrad Group.
Monday July, 3
President El Sisi visited the Unknown Soldier Memorial at the onset of his activities in Hungary. He was also given a red-carpet reception and reviewed the guards of honor and the military band played the national anthems of both countries.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi had talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on boosting bilateral ties in all fields. The two sides also discussed bilateral coordination at regional and international gatherings. They also exchanged views on a gamut of issues of mutual interest, particularly the developments in the Middle East region.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi had a meeting with László Kövér, the speaker of the Hungarian parliament. Welcoming the president, Kövér highlighted the deeply-rooted relations binding the Egyptian and Hungarian peoples. He also hailed a breakthrough in bilateral relations in the past two years that witnessed an exchange of visits at several levels, referring especially to the visit of the Egyptian parliament speaker to Hungary.
President El Sisi participated in the Egyptian-Hungarian business forum. Addressing the forum, the president said that Egypt values the development of relations with Hungary and looks forward to boosting them.
Hungarian President János Áder received President El Sisi at the Hungarian Presidential palace, where El Sisi expressed his appreciation for Hungary’s stance towards Egypt which reflects its understanding of the Egyptian people will.
Tuesday July , 4
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi lauded Czech stances in support of the Egyptian people's will and efforts to fight terrorism and achieve overall development. During his meeting with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, the president said he is looking forward to promoting cooperation with Prague in the various domains, welcoming an invitation to visit the Czech Republic.
The Visegrad summit kicked off with the participation of Egypt President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and leaders of the grouping, which includes Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. El Sisi addressed the meeting calling for boosting relations between Egypt and the grouping.
Leaders taking part in the Visegrad summit issued a joint statement asserting their political support to Egypt in its fight against terrorism and its economic reform measures. They also voiced their keenness on increasing trade exchange and joint investments with Egypt. The leaders of the four Visegrad member states along with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi voiced satisfaction over joint cooperation at the political, economic and cultural levels.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi returned home wrapping up a three-day visit to Hungary.