Sisi receives European Council president in Sharm El Sheikh
Sunday، 24 February 2019 - 01:44 PM
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi asserted the key position the European Union enjoys within the framework of Egypt's foreign policy which is based on mutual respect of every side's privacy.
During a meeting with President of the European Council Donald Tusk, on the sidelines of the 1st Arab League-European Union Summit due to open in the resort city of Sharm El Sheikh, President Sisi said such respect of privacy of the European side is not only for being Egypt's number one trade partner, but also for falling within the framework of the divergent ties between the two sides and the common challenges faced on both shores of the Mediterranean, according to Presidency Spokesman Bassam Radi.
Sisi asserted that Egypt is looking forward to promoting cooperation with the European Union in fighting terrorism and violent extremism based on uprooting their causes, noting that it is necessary to confront attempts by some international parties to offer assistance and funding to terrorist organizations, Radi said.
Tusk praised distinguished historical relations between the EU and Egypt and expressed his happiness to visit Sharm El Sheikh and meet with the Egyptian president.
He hailed Egypt's efforts in fighting illegal migration, saying the EU appreciates efforts in dealing with this file which have led to halting such attempts from Egypt since 2016.
He described Egypt as a successful example in the region in this respect.
He noted tripartite cooperation with Egypt in the fields of development and maintaining peace and security in Africa particularly in light of Egypt's current presidency of the African Union.
Radi said the meeting tackled bilateral relations in the political, economic and development fields and they expressed satisfaction over institutional cooperation development between the two sides.
They also discussed coordination on a number of key regional and international issues at international forums, mainly the Middle East peace process and the latest developments in Libya, Syria and Yemen, he added.