French President visit
Sunday، 27 January 2019 - 12:48 PM
French President Emmanuel Macron will leave for Egypt on Sunday 27/1/2019 on his first-ever visit to the country since he took the helm in 2017.
The visit is of great importance as it comes at a time Egyptian-French relations are witnessing unprecedented progress.
The visit coincides with the start of the 2019 Egypt-France Cultural Year that was declared by the two leaders on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the inauguration of the Suez Canal.
The visit is the sixth presidential one between the two countries in four years.
Sisi visited Paris three times; in 2014, 2015 and 2017, while former French president François Hollande visited Egypt in 2015 to attend the inauguration of the New Suez Canal. In 2016, Hollande paid a state visit to Egypt.
The two leaders held a bilateral meeting in New York on the sidelines of their participation in the UN General Assembly meeting in 2014.
Egypt and French share close viewpoints towards many issues, including fighting terrorism, the Libyan crisis, the situation in Syria and Sahel and Sahara region, illegal immigration, the Middle East peace process and development of the African continent.
Trade exchange between the two countries increased by 21.8 percent in 2017 to hit 2.5 billion euros, according to data released by customs authorities.
Monday January 28, 2019
Marcon was given a red-carpet reception and a 21-gun salute upon his arrival at the presidential palace.
Sisi and Marcon reviewed the honor guard and the national anthems of both countries were played.
President Sisi and president Macron started the Egyptian-French summit talks at the Ittihadiya presidential palace.
Memorandums of Understanding
President Sisi and President Macron witnessed the signing of a number of agreements and memorandums of understanding (MoUs) in several sectors. Among those deals is an MoU to establish a strategic partnership for social and economic development between Egypt and the French Development Agency (FDA) from 2019 till 2023. The MoU was inked by Investment and International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr and the FDA's Chief Executive Officer, Remy Rioux.
Joint press Conference
President Sisi asserted strong and distinguished political and strategic relations between Egypt and France, saying their friendship dates back to long years of mutual interests and humanitarian and cultural interactions between the two peoples.
In a joint press conference with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron at the end of their talks here at Ittihadiya Palace, President Sisi said they agreed on the need to give a strong push to cooperation in the economic fields and increase trade and joint investments in a way that reflects the distinguished bilateral political and strategic relations.
"We have reviewed various aspects of bilateral cooperation and witnessed together the ceremony of signing a number of agreements and memorandums of understanding for cooperation in varied fields such as transport, health, culture, education, communication, youth, internal trade and energy besides a memo on establishing strategic partnership with the French Development Agency during 2019-2023 worth one billion euros," President Sisi added.
"Our meeting today was an important opportunity to review the key steps of implementing the comprehensive economic and social reform program implemented by Egypt since 2016 to tackle the structural defaults in the Egyptian economy which have been present for decades. It is a program highly praised by finance and international development classification institutions," he added.
Tuesday January 29, 2019