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Sisi: Egypt keen on enhancing relations with Bulgaria

Tuesday، 26 March 2019 - 03:55 PM

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi Tuesday asserted Egypt's keenness on enhancing relations with Bulgaria in the various fields, noting historical relations that date back to more than nine decades of cooperation and coordination.

During a joint press conference with his Bulgarian counterpart Rumen Radev following their talks here, the Egyptian leader underlined the need to exert international efforts and draw up a comprehensive anti-terror strategy that includes confronting entities and countries that support terrorist and extremist organizations.

He expressed appreciation of Bulgaria's balanced stances regarding the ongoing developments in Egypt, adding that they reflect clear understanding of the escalating challenges amidst a tough regional situation.

He announced the launching of the Egyptian-Bulgarian Business Council, saying it is one of the important results of the Bulgarian leader's visit to Egypt.

President Sisi welcomed the Bulgarian president on his first visit to Egypt to resume fruitful talks which started during a visit to Cairo in October by the Bulgarian prime minister. These talks reflect a strong will by both nations to move forward in promoting bilateral relations at all levels particularly in the political and economic ones, he said.

"I would like to reiterate my endearment of the historical relations that date back to more than nine decades during which many aspects of cooperation and coordination were witnessed. This has asserted our belief in the numerous opportunities and potentials of cooperation for the sake of the Egyptian and Bulgarian peoples," President Sisi said.

"I am happy to launch the Egyptian-Bulgarian Business Council as being one of the important outcomes of the Bulgarian president's visit to Egypt. We expect that it would have a positive impact in terms of boosting economic relations and increasing investments and trade exchange which now exceeds one billion dollars. This makes Egypt Bulgaria's number one trade partner in Africa and the Middle East," he added.

"We held today a constructive session of talks that tackled ways to enhance political, economic and military relations as well as cooperation within the framework of institutions and multilateral forums. We reviewed regional and international issues of mutual concern and our discussions showed identical views regarding many developments and ways to deal with a number of current crises to reach peaceful solutions. This asserts the need to continue to coordinate and communicate with each other to support stability in the Middle East and the Balkan region," he said.

"We exchanged views on ways to promote cooperation and security coordination in facing the danger of terrorism. We reiterated the importance of exerting collective international efforts in confronting and uprooting it. I have expounded Egypt's vision as regards the need to draw up a comprehensive strategy to fight terrorism from all aspects including confronting bodies and countries that support terrorist and extremist groups and organisations," he said.

"We also discussed the illegal migration crisis and ways to deal with it within the framework of joint responsibility," he said, adding that he explained that Egypt shoulders the responsibility as regards securing its borders and hosting a large number of refugees.

The Egyptian leader expressed his deep appreciation of Bulgaria's balanced stances regarding the ongoing developments in Egypt which reflect a clear understanding of the escalating challenges within a tough regional situation.

He concluded by thanking the Bulgarian president for his invitation to visit his country and expressed his keenness on working together for the best interest of the two countries and peoples.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi Tuesday praised historical relations between Egypt and Bulgaria which date back to more than nine decades of cooperation and coordination.

President Sisi and his Bulgarian counterpart Rumen Radev held a session of talks followed by a plenary session comprising the Egyptian and Bulgarian delegations, Presidency Spokesman Bassam Radi said.

President Sisi announced the launching of the Egyptian-Bulgarian Business Council, saying it is one of the important results of the Bulgarian leader's visit to Egypt, he added.

The Egyptian leader underlined the need to exert international efforts and draw up a comprehensive anti-terror strategy that includes confronting entities and countries that support terrorist and extremist organizations, he said.

He expressed appreciation of Bulgaria's balanced stances regarding the ongoing developments in Egypt, adding that they reflect clear understanding of the escalating challenges amidst a tough regional situation.

President Radev said Egypt and Bulgaria are partners in confronting terrorism, organized crime and illegal migration, praising Egypt's efforts in supporting stability in the Middle East and North Africa, he added.

During a joint press conference with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi following their talks here on Tuesday at Ittihadia Palace, the visiting president said his country appreciates friendship with Egypt and its people. Egypt's history and civilization are highly appreciated in Bulgaria, he said, thanking President Sisi for his invitation, Radi Said.

He reiterated Bulgaria's support to Egypt's efforts to enhance stability in the Middle East and the North Africa region, pointing out that his country also backs Egypt's efforts to expand dialogue among the Arab League, the African Union and the European Union, he added.

He voiced hope that security and stability would prevail in the MENA region, he said.

Bulgaria is responsible for conveying Egypt's views regarding regional issues to the European Union states, he said, adding that conditions in the Middle East highly affect stability in the EU states, he added.


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