Speech by H.E. President Abdel Fattah El Sisi at the Joint Press Conference with the Albanian President Ilir Meta
Thursday، 28 February 2019 - 03:37 PM
Your Excellency President Ilir Meta,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is my extreme pleasure to extend a warm welcome to H.E. President of Albania Ilir Meta being a dear brother and honorable guest of Egypt on this first of its kind visit along the history of diplomatic relations between Egypt and Albania. I am all hope that this visit would serve as a takingoff point, thus giving a new impetus to bilateral relations in all domains. In addition, allow me to seize this opportunity to affirm my sense of pride of the strong cultural and historic ties and the common denominators between our peoples that stand as a solid ground for enhancing our bilateral relations and forging ahead towards wider horizons of cooperation across all fields.
I am pleased to note that my meetings with H.E. President Meta witnessed fruitful discussions on the best ways to bolster bilateral political, economic and cultural relations to match the historic depth of the Egyptian-Albanian relations. We have agreed upon the importance of holding the joint committee chaired by the two countries’ foreign ministers to serve as the main mechanism to discuss ways of enhancing cooperation and strengthening joint coordination in regional and international organizations as regards different issues of joint interest. Furthermore, we have highlighted the significance of the popular dimension of our bilateral ties that will be further embodied in the establishment of the Egyptian-Albanian Parliamentary Friendship Association.
Within the framework of our productive discussions, we touched upon different aspects of economic cooperation and thoroughly discussed all ways possible to increase trade exchange that still fails to amount to the significance and nature of the bilateral political relations. We have agreed upon the paramount importance of expediting the procedures to set-up the Egyptian-Albanian Business Council to serve as a key pillar for promoting economic relations and scaling-up mutual investments across various sectors. In addition, we reviewed all fruitful cooperation opportunities in tourism, energy and natural gas, given both Egypt’s pivotal regional energy hub and Albania’s strategic location as a gas-transit state to South Europe.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I do assert that my meeting today with H.E. President Meta represents such an important opportunity for us to exchange viewpoints as regards the hectic developments in both the Middle East and the Balkans and their accompanying mounting challenges that we have no choice but to deal with within a framework of joint cooperation, coordination and strong keenness on maintaining security and stability of the two areas. Moreover, our fruitful discussions touched on a wide range of significant and constructive issues, particularly with regard to boosting coordination to counter terrorism and strengthening relations between Al-Azhar on one hand and the people as well as the institutions of Albania on the other hand especially in light of both countries’ unflinching keenness to safeguard values of religious tolerance and the Islamic moderate discourse.
I would like, Mr. President, to take this opportunity to hail accelerating of cooperation and coordination with Albania over the coming period especially during Egypt’s presidency of the African Union in the best interests of our countries on one hand and both the African and European continents on the other.
I would not miss this opportunity without conveying to Your Excellency, Mr. President, my most sincere congratulation and pleasure for Albania’s imminent chairmanship of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) next year; a matter that highlights the pivotal role that Albania efficiently plays in its regional surrounding.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Allow me once again to welcome His Excellency President Ilier Meta, express my sincere pride of His Excellency’s personality and stress my keenness to promote our fraternal relations and boost cooperation between Albania and Egypt to forge a better future for our two friendly peoples.