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Egypt State Information Service (SIS)

SIS: Egypt to lead development march in Africa based on Berlin summit

Saturday، 27 October 2018 - 03:13 PM

Egypt’s State Information Service (SIS) said President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s upcoming visit to Germany is important at the bilateral level.

President Sisi will discuss with German Chancellor Angela Merkel bilateral relations, the region’s issues, efforts to confront terrorism as well as the refugees file, SIS said in a report Saturday 27/10/2018.

“Egypt will lead development march in Africa based on Berlin summit,” it added.

President Sisi’s visit to Berlin is the third of its kind, SIS said, noting that Sisi-Merkel anticipated summit will be the sixth one and their first meeting since the beginning of Merkel’s fourth term in office in March 2018 and Sisi’s second term in power in June 2018.

Sisi’s official state visit to Germany, to last for four days, will include a summit between the two countries' leaders to discuss bilateral cooperation, counter-terrorism efforts, the current conditions in Libya, Syria and Yemen in addition to the coordination of stances with regard to state sponsors of terrorism, it said.

The Egyptian leader is set to hold bilateral meetings with senior German officials and politicians on the sidelines of the visit, it added.

Sisi will also participate in a mini summit with African leaders at the G20 summit at an invitation from Merkel.

SIS noted that the President is scheduled to deliver a speech before the mini summit on Cairo’s vision about means of fostering development efforts in Africa, given that Egypt will chair the African Union in 2019.

In its report, the SIS said that the German-Egyptian relations have greatly developed over the past five years and reached a level of consensus.

The German chancellor praised the level of constant coordination between both countries in various political and economic fields.

Merkel expressed her agreement with the Egyptian approach calling for the comprehensive confrontation of terrorism, stressing her country's readiness to engage in positive efforts meant to achieve security and stability.

The report as well highlighted Merkel's visit to Egypt in March 2017, noting that the Egyptian-German talks since then tackled the development of bilateral relations in all economic, military and cultural domains.

Regional and international issues of common concern were also discussed during the talks, topped by combating terrorism and illegal migration.

The volume of trade exchange between Egypt and Germany reached 5.8 billion euros in 2017.

Germany tops the list of the European donor countries in view of the volume of the annual assistance offered to Egypt.

German investments in Egypt are currently estimated at 641 million dollars while Egypt's total investments there amount to 35.5 million dollars.

Germany represents a major market for Egypt in the field of tourism. In 2017, 1.2 million German tourists visited Egypt with a 90% increase compared to 2016.

The number of the German tourists is expected to exceed 1.5 million in 2018.


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