October 23 - 25, 2017
President Sisi’s visit to France
Sunday، 22 October 2017 - 04:22 PM
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi will start a three-day visit to Paris due to start on October 24, 2017 during which he will meet his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and other senior officials. The president's visit to Paris will be his third since taking office and the first visit to the Élysée Palace since Macron took office.
Following their business lunch, the two leaders will hold a press conference after their talks on a host of issues of mutual concern and ways of fostering bilateral ties in the cultural and education fields.
Sisi will also meet with a number of French businessmen to boost economic cooperation with the French side, since France is the 6th biggest investor in Egypt in 2016 with €3.5 billion worth of investments, which makes it the 7th biggest importer to Egypt. The volume of bilateral trade increased in the first eight months of 2017. French exports rose by 9.2% (1.1 billion Euros / 1.3 billion dollars) against 21% imports (401.4 million Euros / 478.8 million dollars).
Meanwhile, there are 160 French corporations operating on Egyptian soil, employing more than 30,000 Egyptians in all fields.
President Sisi also met French Defense Minister Florence Parly. At a banquet hosted by the French minister, the two sides discussed means of boosting defense and military cooperation between the two countries.
President Sisi held a meeting with Eric Trappier, the chairman of Dassault Aviation, a French maker of Rafale fighter jets. During the meeting, President Sisi hoped for boosting the existing cooperation with the French company during the coming period. For his part, the Dassault chairman appreciated cooperation with Egypt, stressing his company’s keenness to push such cooperation forward.
President Sisi said Egypt's navy has become the world's second largest user of Naval Group's military assets after the French Navy. Sisi made the remarks during his meeting at his residence in Paris with chairman and CEO of Naval Group Hervé Guillou. President Sisi said Cairo is proud of the current cooperation with the French shipbuilding company, noting that its naval assets have contributed to upgrading Egypt's navy.
An official reception for President Sisi was held at Les Invalides in Paris. The president was received by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and the military governor of Paris, General Bruno Le Ray.
An official reception for President Sisi was held at Les Invalides in Paris. The president was received by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and the military governor of Paris, General Bruno Le Ray. The ceremony was attended by Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Trade Minister Tareq Qabil, Finance Minister Amr el Garhy, Planning Minister Hala el Saeed, Transport Minister Hisham Arafat, intelligence chief Khaled Fawzi, as well as Egyptian ambassador to France Ihab Badawi.
President Sisi and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron started a tete-a-tete session of talks at the Elysee Palace. Macron welcomed the Egyptian president upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace after he was given a red-carpet reception at des Invalides Palace. Talks between the two leaders will extend over a luncheon banquet held in honor of the Egyptian president and his accompanying delegation.
President Sisi thanked his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron for the warm reception he received in Paris, praising historical relations between the two countries in all fields. Speaking at the press conference, Sisi said his talks with Macron focused on means of boosting bilateral relations at the political, strategic, economic and cultural levels, as well as the Egyptian economic reform program. Sisi added that he witnessed the signing ceremony of a number of agreements and memoranda of understanding worth 400 million Euros in the fields of energy, infrastructure and transportation. At the end of the press conference, Sisi invited Macron to visit Egypt soon to probe means of fostering prospects of cooperation in all fields.
President Sisi met French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe. The meeting dealt with a number of files of mutual interest and ways to boost bilateral relations and economic cooperation. The two sides reviewed efforts made by the Egyptian government to implement the economic reform program and attract more French investments, especially in major national projects in a number of vital sectors.
President Sisi conferred with French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on means of buttressing economic cooperation and establishing new projects. A statement released by the French Finance and Economy Ministry said the French minister underlined the importance of economic partnership with Egypt in the various sectors, saying the new projects can be implemented in the coming months. Le Maire also probed providing more facilities to up investment and trade exchange, asserting his country's backing for the economic reforms launched by Sisi two years ago.
Trade and Industry Minister Tarek Qabil attended a meeting of the Egyptian-French Business Council. Qabil said that the bilateral ties between Cairo and Paris have witnessed an intensive economic momentum and unprecedented development in various fields. Qabil said Egypt and France enjoyed a long historic cooperation which served the interests of the countries, adding that the current visit by President Sisi to Paris stressed both countries’ keenness on boosting the strategic partnership across the fields.
President Sisi paid a visit to the headquarters of the French National Assembly in Paris. After being received by Speaker of French Assembly Francois de Rouge, Sisi held an extensive meeting with a number of French parliamentarians. The meeting was attended by the head of the Egyptian-French Parliamentary Friendship Association and representative of the French community in Egypt. Sisi hailed the level of cooperation maintained by Egypt and France.
President Sisi visited the French Senate HQ where Senate President Gerard Larcher welcomed him upon arrival. Sisi underlined keenness on beefing up parliamentary cooperation between Egypt and France. Sisi held a plenary session with the heads of the Senate committees and members of the Senate's Egyptian-French friendship group. Sisi said he is keen on meeting with members of the Senate and the National Assembly.
President Sisi received French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb. During the meeting, the two sides tackled means of enhancing cooperation between the two countries in view of the challenges besetting the Middle East and the growing danger of terrorism worldwide. Collomb hailed the Egyptian-French ties, commending the role played by Egypt to realize peace and stability in the Middle East region. He stressed France's support for Egypt in the face of terrorism. Meanwhile, Sisi underlined that Egypt is adamant to proceed with confronting terrorism, citing the efforts exerted in this respect at all levels.
The president reviewed Egypt's vision vis-a-vis counter-terrorism strategy which includes cultural, economic and social dimensions alongside the military and security ones.
Sisi stressed the importance of pooling up international efforts to uproot terrorism and its sponsors.
The talks also tackled means of fostering bilateral cooperation in the security domain as well as the latest developments in Libya and Syria.
Sisi exhorted the international community to intensify efforts to clinch political solutions for regional crises which are the main reason behind illegal immigration.
He highlighted the importance of continued coordination to combat illegal immigration.
Egypt, France ink several agreements during Sisi's visit
Cairo and Paris have signed several agreements, joint declarations, declarations of intent and memorandums of understanding including:
1- An executive agreement with the Agence Francaise de Development (AFD) to support Egypt’s energy sector.
2- An executive agreement with the Agence Francaise de Development (AFD) to upgrade a number of primary healthcare centers in five governorates.
3- An executive agreement with the Agence Francaise de Development (AFD) to develop eastern Alexandria’s wastewater treatment plants.
4- A joint declaration to provide technical assistance to Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy.
5- A joint declaration to support the country’s social protection sector.
6- A joint declaration with France’s Proparco institution to finance the establishment of two solar-powered plants in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Aswan through Eren group.
7- A joint declaration with France’s Proparco institution to finance the establishment of two solar-powered plants in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Aswan through EDF group.
8- A joint declaration with France’s Proparco institution to finance the establishment of two solar-powered plants in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Aswan through Voltalia Company.
9- A declaration of intent on supplying Egypt with some 500 mobile food carts was signed.
10- A declaration on funding feasibility studies meant to upgrade Mansoura’s urban transport network was signed.
11- A memorandum of understanding was inked between Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels and France’s RATP group on maintaining Cairo Metro’s first line and continuing the operation of its third line.
12- The Egyptian National Railways Authority signed a declaration of intent with France’s SNCF group.
13- A declaration was inked on promoting cultural, educational and Francophone cooperation.
14- A declaration was inked to fostering cooperation on training Egyptian leaders.
15- A declaration of intent on establishing a French-Egyptian university was signed.
16- An agreement to setting up "the Egyptian home" at the International University City of Paris was signed.