Egypt's participation in 45th G7 Summit
Tuesday، 20 August 2019 - 05:07 PM
Egypt participates for the first time in 45th Group of Seven (G7) Summit, which will be held on August 25-26, 2019, in Biarritz, Nouvelle-Aquitaine in France.
French President Emmanuel Macron's invitation to President Abdel Fatah El Sisi - current Chairman of the African Union - reflects Egypt's growing position in recent years on the regional and international arenas.
The French G7 Presidency put forward a number of topics that would like to agree with the African countries invited to participate in it, especially the "digital transformation" in Africa, and ways to "promote women's entrepreneurship."
Egyptian-French Bilateral Relations
The Egyptian-French relations are characterized by their privacy . All over the past two centuries they were constant and that helped the political and diplomatic work between the two countries to be an important pillar on which bilateral relations are based.
Since President Sisi took office, official visits between the two countries have reached more than 20 visits, all reflecting a convergence of views on bilateral issues, especially the Palestinian issue and the Libyan crisis.
In order to strengthen the bilateral cooperation, Sisi and Macron announced the cultural year "France - Egypt 2019" on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Suez Canal.
The Group of 7 or G7 is an informal meeting between France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada as well as the European Union. These world powers, which represent 50% of the global economy, also share the values of freedom and democracy, as well as a collective ambition to deal with the world’s major issues.
In a new format, the Biarritz Summit is involving partner countries, especially African countries, and key players from civil society, to provide shared answers and concrete responses to fight all forms of inequality.
Fighting inequality is a question of justice. It also requires an urgent response to regain citizens’ confidence in the international governance system.
To fight inequality, the French G7 Presidency has set itself five priorities:
- Fighting inequality of opportunity, promoting in particular gender equality and access to education and high-quality health services;
- Reducing environmental inequality by protecting our planet through climate finance and a just ecological transition, based on preserving biodiversity and the oceans;
- Taking action for peace, against security threats and terrorism, which weaken the foundations of our societies;
- Tapping into the opportunities created by digital technology and artificial intelligence in an ethical and human-oriented way;
- Renewing a more equal partnership with Africa.
The French G7 Presidency is therefore the opportunity, in 2019, to change the group format. Throughout the year, several French ministers have therefore organized working meetings with their G7 counterparts, and invited partner countries including Egypt, Mali and Mexico to take part.
The President invited the following to the Biarritz G7 Summit:
- Four partner countries, involved in protecting and promoting democratic freedoms and with a major regional influence: Australia, Chile, India and South Africa;
- Five African partners to create a partnership on an equal footing with this continent of the future: Burkina Faso, Senegal, Rwanda and South Africa, and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki;
- Key representatives of civil society committed to the French G7 Presidency
Saturday, August 24,2019
- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi arrived France to attend the G-7 Summit at an invitation from President Emmanuel Macron, said Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Ambassador Bassam Radi.
- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi reaffirmed Egypt's firm stance on the importance of reaching a political settlement in Libya guaranteeing its unity without external interference. Sisi's remarks came during his talks with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on the fringe of G7 in France's Biarritz.
Sisi meets German Chancellor on fringe of G7 summit - Presidential Spokesman
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the G7 summit held in France. Sisi praised Egyptian-German ties in all fields.
The Egyptian leader stressed that Cairo is keen on enhancing bilateral cooperation and political consultations with Berlin on different regional and international issues in light of Egypt’s current chairmanship of the African Union and Germany’s membership at the UN Security Council.
Merkel lauded strong and deeply-rooted ties between Egypt and Germany, particularly in the economic and commercial fields. The Chancellor asserted that Egypt is one of the most important partners for Germany in the Middle East.
Sisi and Merkel also discussed means to strengthen cooperation between both countries in Africa and mulled a number of regional and international issues, particularly the Libyan crisis.
Sisi stresses continued cooperation between Egypt & US
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said he is happy to meet US President Donald Trump, stressing continued cooperation between the two countries.
During his meeting with Trump, Sisi said the relationship with Washington is based on understanding, appreciation and mutual respect.
Trump said Egypt made big progress under the lead of Sisi.
Today's talks focused on trade, the armed forces and Middle East developments, the US president said.
China's desire to return to the negotiating table will also be probed, Trump also said, adding that a press conference will then follow.
Trump praised achievements made by President Sisi over the past period, calling him a "prominent" figure and very important to the US.
Talking about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the US president lauded efforts exerted by his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to solve the problem, which he believes is "complicated".
The Palestinians have voiced desire to reach a peace deal with Israel, Trump said, noting that any such agreement should be reached after the Israeli elections and not before.
US President Donald Trump expressed appreciation for the security, stability and development Egypt achieved under the leadership of President Abel Fattah El Sisi despite volatile regional developments and challenges.
Sisi takes part in session on climate, biological diversity
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi took part in a working session on climate, biological diversity and oceans.
The session comes as part of G7 summit activities that will wind up later in the day.It was attended by leaders of the G7 countries in addition to presidents of South Africa, Senegal, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, India, Australia and Chile. Representatives of the UN, the World Bank, the African Union and the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development also attended the session. Sisi's word expounded the African continent's viewpoint towards environment and climate change topics.
Egypt & Britain looking forward to boosting bilateral ties
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson voiced hope to boost bilateral cooperation in various economic, political, security and tourism domains.
The two sides convened on Monday on the fringe of the Group 7 (G7) summit, which is held in France's Biarritz.
Sisi: boosting national institutions helps preserve unity of unrest-hit states
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi stressed that backing national institutions would certainly help preserve the unity of unrest-hit countries and end sufferings of peoples.
Sisi, during a meeting with US President Donald Trump, underlined the importance of rallying efforts by the international community to curtail terrorism and stop providing weapons and financial support to terrorist groups.
Sisi met Trump on the sidelines of a G7 summit that is set to wrap up later in the day.
Sisi reiterated Egypt's support of all honest efforts aiming at finding a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian problem in accordance with international legitimacy resolutions, said Presidential spokesman Bassam Radi.
The president lauded strategic relations binding Egypt with the US and the positive development of relations between the two countries under Trump administration.
He said Egypt is keen on developing relations with the US in all domains and maintaining coordination on ways of achieving peace and stability in the Middle East.
Trump expressed appreciation for the security, stability and development Egypt achieved under the leadership of Sisi despite volatile regional developments and challenges.
He said the US is looking forward to developing cooperation with Egypt at all levels, referring to Egypt's success in carrying out economic reforms and boosting the overall development process.
He said the US is keen on increasing trade exchange with Egypt and joint investments.
Trump lauded Egypt's pivotal role in the Middle East region and its efforts in combating terrorism and cementing foundations of peace and stability in the region.
He also expressed support of Sisi's efforts to enhance principles of freedom of worship and religious tolerance.
In a Report of State Information Service (SIS): President Sisi reviews Africa, Middle East issues before G7 Summit