20 May 2019 03:38 PM

China supports development process in Egypt, Xi tells Sisi

Friday، 26 April 2019 - 09:42 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping said the Chinese government supports development process in Egypt, lauding the economic reforms introduced by the government, as well as its success to achieve security and stability and implement several mega national projects that provide promising investment opportunities.

President Xi made the remarks at the beginning of his talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi at the Great Hall of the People in the Chinese capital, Beijing, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said.

During the talks, the Chinese leader thanked President Sisi for his participation in the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRFIC), and greeted him on the 37th anniversary of Sinai Liberation Day, the spokesman added.

President Sisi expressed keenness to take part in the BRFIC summit, putting into consideration the major importance of the Belt and Road initiative, which he said aims at strengthening comprehensive development and bringing about the aspirations of peoples for stability and prosperity.

The two leaders reviewed means of activating the Belt and Road initiative, especially in light of Egypt's chairmanship of the African Union (AU) in 2019, the spokesman said.

President Sisi told his Chinese counterpart that Cairo is adamant about boosting cooperation with Beijing and backing proposed development projects under the Belt and Road initiative at the African and Arab levels, the spokesman noted.

Egypt is interested in enhancing partnership with the Belt and Road initiative, through making good use of Egypt's capabilities to support the initiative and expand its contribution to promoting sustainable development and extending cultural, technical and intellectual bridges among nations and peoples, Sisi said.

The two leaders touched on a number of files related to bilateral cooperation in the economic, trade, investment and security areas, with President Sisi asserting that Egypt looks forward to benefiting from China's development expertise, with a view to attaining an overall economic renaissance.

President Sisi also urged the Chinese government to take further steps towards encouraging Egyptian exports, especially the non-petroleum ones, in addition to facilitating the entry of those exports into the Chinese market, which could in turn contribute to cutting trade deficit between the two countries.

Meanwhile, the Chinese president lauded the latest positive development achieved by Egyptian-Chinese ties at all levels, stressing his keenness to cement cooperation and partnership with Cairo, by spurring Chinese companies on to pumping more investments in the country.

Their talks tackled a host of regional issues of common interest, with the Chinese president expressing support for Egypt's efforts to counter terrorism and extremism in the Middle East.

The two leaders agreed on the importance of reaching political solutions to regional crises, in addition to pursuing bilateral coordination and consultation at international forums.

MENA

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