25 April 2024 01:15 AM

President’s activities during June 2023

Sunday، 09 July 2023 - 12:46 PM

First: local activities

The president held meetings with government officials to follow up on the executive position of a number of Ministry of Electricity projects at the level of the Republic. The president was briefed on developments in the ongoing work to develop manufacture of electronics in Egypt and developments in implementing the national strategy for higher education and scientific research. Moreover, the president made a number of field tours to inaugurate a number of projects of the Decent Life Initiative for the development of the Egyptian countryside. He visited the Technological University in Burj Al Arab, attended the inauguration of the "Long Live Egypt" multi-purpose station in the Grand Port of Alexandria, and followed up the development work of a number of roads and axes in Greater Cairo.

Second: international activities

1 – Receptions

The President received  America’s First Lady Jill Biden, President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union, Prime Minister of Iraq, CEO of the French International Shipping Line, CEO of the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group, Vice President of Sudan Sovereignty Council, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union, a number of heads of Italian mining companies, and the Prime Minister of India. He also participated via video conference in a meeting with a number of African presidents.

2 - Foreign tours

President El-Sisi made a number of foreign tours, including southern Africa, Angola, Zambia, and Mozambique, in visits that are the first of their kind for an Egyptian president. The visits came as a continuation and confirmation of the priority that Egypt attaches to strengthening cooperation with countries in the African continent. In addition to that, the president participated in the COMESA summit and Egypt's handover of the COMESA presidency to Zambia. Moreover, he paid a visit to Paris to participate in the international summit "The New Global Finance Pact", at the invitation of the French President "Emmanuel Macron", within the close and growing strategic relations between Egypt and France.

3 - Phone calls

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi made a phone call to His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, received a phone call from the Israeli Prime Minister, and also received and made a number of phone calls to congratulate presidents and head of states on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha.

Third: speeches

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi delivered speeches on various occasions such as the joint press conference with the President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, the proceedings of the twenty-second summit of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa "COMESA", the tenth anniversary of the June 30 revolution.

Following are the presidential activities in detail:

Meetings with government officials

On June 1, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Prime Minister, and Dr. Muhammad Shaker, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy.

During the meeting, they reviewed the executive position of a number of projects of the Ministry of Electricity at the level of the Republic. In this context, the President was briefed on the developments of the situation regarding the establishment and development of control centers in the electricity distribution networks, which aim to improve the performance of the electricity delivery service as well as the quality of the national electricity network in general.

The president was also informed about the developments of electrical interconnection projects with neighboring countries, especially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Greece, Cyprus and Italy.

On June 5, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Prime Minister, and Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology.

During the meeting, the president was briefed on the ongoing efforts to develop the Egyptian human cadres, and train them on digital skills, with the aim of supporting their qualifications as freelance professionals, as well as benefiting from the competitive advantages of Egypt as a promising country in providing outsourcing services.

On June 19, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s met with Lieutenant General Muhammad Zaki, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Minister of Defense and Military Production.


On June 19, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Prime Minister, and Dr. Ayman Ashour, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.


During the meeting, the President was briefed on developments in the implementation of the national strategy for higher education and scientific research.

They also reviewed efforts to develop the “Egyptian Knowledge Bank” to enhance the process of education and scientific research, especially by providing more scientific resources and distinguished educational and training programs in all fields for all ages.

Field tours and celebrations

On June 6, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi witnessed the opening of the Second African Medical Conference and Exhibition in Cairo.

On June 6, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi went to the Egyptian Military Academy.

On June 14, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi arrived at the village of Al-Abadia in Al-Behaira Governorate to inaugurate a number of projects of the Decent Life Initiative to develop the Egyptian countryside.

On June 14, 2023, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi visited Borg El Arab Technological University. It is one of 7 new technological universities that began in the university area in the new Borg El Arab in Alexandria, as part of the state’s effort to establish technological universities with the latest international systems, to qualify students to meet the requirements of the local, regional and international labor markets.

On June 16, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi made an inspection tour to follow up the development work of a number of roads and axes in Greater Cairo.

On June 28, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi performed Eid al-Adha prayer at the Air Force Mosque.

President’s speeches

President El-Sisi’s Speech at the Joint Press Conference with the President of Mauritania on June 4, 2023.


My brother, Your Excellency President Mohamed Ould Cheikh El-Ghazaouani,

President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It gives me pleasure to welcome my brother, President Mohamed Ould Cheikh El-Ghazaouani, in his second country Egypt.

I would like to seize this opportunity to express Egypt’s huge appreciation for the profound historical bonds it shares with Mauritania, in light of the brotherly relations between the two countries and their peoples.

Today, I held intensive and constructive discussions with President El-Ghazaouani, during which we tackled various bilateral, regional and international issues. Our consultations have demonstrated our shared political will to strengthen the outstanding relations between the two countries, and promote them in an array of areas toward broader prospects by invigorating the frameworks of cooperation and coordination across all levels. This shall take into consideration the common challenges facing Egypt and Mauritania, including the challenges to achieve comprehensive development, counter foreign interference in the region, combat terrorism and extremist ideology and preserve the nation-state and its institutions.

In this regard, we agreed on further advancing cooperation in the economic, investment and trade fields, and on expediting the convening of the second round of the Egyptian-Mauritanian High Joint Committee this year. This aims to serve efforts toward fostering closer relations, deepening the bilateral partnership between the two countries, and strengthening frameworks of cooperation and coordination with regard to all issues of mutual concern.

We also touched on the latest developments on the Arab arena, and agreed on the importance of advancing mechanisms of joint Arab action in order to maintain Arab national security and protect the unity, sovereignty and resources of Arab states.

Moreover, we discussed the latest developments in the Palestinian cause and efforts exerted to maintain the rights of the Palestinian people and achieve their aspirations for an independent state, along the June 4, 1967 borders, with Arab East Jerusalem as its capital.

Our deliberations also focused on the latest in the Libyan crisis. We shared the same view regarding the importance of holding presidential and parliamentary elections simultaneously and the departure of all foreign forces, mercenaries and foreign fighters with no exception within a set timeframe, in line with the relevant international resolutions.

We also consulted on the developments in the situation in Sudan and stressed the importance of declaring an immediate and sustainable ceasefire, preserving Sudan’s national institutions and preventing them from collapsing, and intensifying efforts to provide urgent humanitarian and relief aid to alleviate the suffering of those affected.

From this rostrum, we urge all parties to make the voice of wisdom prevail in order to preserve the capabilities of the Sudanese state and the interests of its people.

On the other hand, we addressed the Ethiopian "Renaissance Dam" file and its serious repercussions on the water security of the countries downstream of the Nile Basin. We emphasized that the Egyptian water security is an integral part of Arab water security. We stressed the importance of urging Ethiopia to show the political will to adopt any of the common ground solutions that were put on the negotiating table and that meet its interests, without encroaching on the rights and interests of the two downstream countries. This is in order to conclude a legally-binding agreement regarding the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

We also agreed to strengthen our efforts on the African scene, in light of the vital role Egypt and Mauritania play in this regard. We agreed as well to continue coordination and cooperation within the framework of the African Union and continue efforts to support the structure of peace, security and development in the African continent. This is to enable it to overcome challenges and achieve prosperity and stability for all the peoples of our ancient continent.

 

Your Excellency President Mohamed Ould Cheikh El- Ghazouani,

It was a pleasure to meet you today and I look forward to fostering closer cooperation between our two countries in order to achieve the interests of our two brotherly peoples and fulfill their aspirations. I wish the Mauritanian people all good, stability and prosperity, under your wise leadership. Once again, I welcome you in your second country, Egypt.

Thank you

President El-Sisi’s Speech at 22nd COMESA Summit at June 2023


“In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

My brother, Your Excellency President Hakainde Hichilema, President of the Republic of Zambia,

Your Excellencies, Heads of State and Government of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA),

Ms. Chileshe Kapwepwe, Secretary General of the COMESA,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It gives me great pleasure to be with you today in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, to participate in the 22nd COMESA Summit whose theme is: “Economic Integration for a Thriving COMESA Anchored on Green investment, Value Addition and Tourism”.

Allow me, at the beginning of my speech, to express my sincere appreciation to my brother, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia, for the generous hospitality and warm welcome we have seen, which is expected from the hospitable Zambian people. I also extend my thanks to the COMESA General Secretariat for the good preparation and arrangement for our meeting today.

It was a great honor for Egypt to take over the leadership of the COMESA over the past two years during a very delicate period that witnessed important developments at the international and regional levels. Egypt, in turn, has set its sight on well-defined goals during its chairmanship of the COMESA which focus on advancing economic integration rates. The aim is to enhance the level of well-being of our peoples and promote the capabilities of peace and security in our countries. However, despite the successes that have been achieved, we still have a lot to do to make our regional integration able to face the current challenges.

In this regard, allow me to present the most important achievements over the past two years. With regard to the field of economic development, Egypt has paid great attention to activating the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement and achieving harmony between it and COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area, through specific measures to urge member states to implement customs exemptions and facilitate the movement of trade exchange among them. These efforts resulted in an increase in intra-exports of the COMESA to reach $13 billion in 2022, the highest value since the establishment of the free trade zone, within the framework of the COMESA in 2000. This is in addition to the increase in the size of trade exchange between Egypt and the COMESA countries, during the same year, to reach its highest value, $4.3 billion, since Egypt joined the COMESA.

In the same context, Egypt introduced the regional industrial integration initiative, within the framework of the COMESA industrialization strategy 2017-2026. It aims to deepen industrial production by linking regional value chains, according to the competitive advantage of countries. In this regard, I would like to praise the role of the COMESA Regional Investment Agency, which is hosted by Egypt, to attract investments in the COMESA countries, with the need to continue the ongoing efforts so as to direct these investments to the industrial sector.

In this regard, Egypt has focused on the infrastructure sector by encouraging interconnection projects between Member States, the most prominent of which is the interconnection project between Lake Victoria and the Mediterranean Sea. I call on the General Secretariat to intensify efforts to mobilize the necessary financial resources to implement these projects.

Allow me to highlight one of the projects which brings pride to our continent and has shown that cooperation among our States is fruitful once there is a political will: Julius Nyerere Hydropower Plant and Dam. This giant project is being implemented in the fraternal country of Tanzania by Egyptian and Tanzanian hands. It is to generate electric power amounting to 2.5 Gigawatt. The Egyptian companies carrying out the project have demonstrated that they have expertise and capabilities, enabling them to implement projects with international standards which Egypt looks forward to sharing with the fraternal African countries.

In the field of pharmaceutical manufacturing, it was necessary to shed light on the medical and health sector within the COMESA, particularly in view of the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Accordingly, Egypt submitted a proposal for the establishment of the COMESA Committee on Health and also hosted the first session of the Africa Health ExCon, whose second edition is held this year, to explore means of investing in this vital area. Moreover, Egypt has devoted more attention to invest in the localization of the pharmaceutical and vaccine industry until it had been announced that Egypt is providing 30 million doses of coronavirus vaccine to African countries. This confirms Egypt's role as a regional hub for the manufacture of medical vaccines.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In areas of peace and security, it is clear that the scale and depth of the challenges that our countries face to sustain peace and security imposes on us the need to adhere to a number of key determinants and principles. The most important of them are the need to respect the right of all peoples of African States to life and to settle disputes, conflicts and issues that threaten this right, as well as to preserve our national institutions since it is the backbone of the stability of States and the security of their peoples, and to safeguard their highest interests.

What has been previously mentioned leads us to refer to the recent developments in some of our States, notably the brotherly country of Sudan, which is facing challenges, thus requiring us to join forces to support its people. I emphasize, here, that Egypt is assuming its responsibilities as a direct neighboring country by making all endeavors, with the active parties and international partners, and engaging in existing mechanisms to ensure coordination between them in order to reach “a secure and stable Sudan". In relation to this, Egypt continues to host the people of the brotherly State of Sudan. I call on all States to provide the necessary support to our brothers and sisters at this delicate historical moment.

In my capacity as the one in charge of the post-conflict reconstruction and development file at the level of the African Union, I affirm here that Egypt will spare no effort to provide all means of support to our fraternal States on their path towards development. I would also like to announce Egypt's candidacy to the African Peace and Security Council for the term 2024 – 2026, as Egypt acknowledges its responsibilities to support peace and security efforts on our continent.

Your Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Upon receiving the chairmanship of the COMESA in 2021, I pledged to work diligently and sincerely to deepen economic integration among the countries of the region. Now, after the end of Egypt's chairmanship of the COMESA, I reiterate my pledge to you to continue to work in coordination with all our brothers towards the implementation of the objectives of the African Development Agenda 2063, particularly with Egypt assuming the chairmanship of the African Union Development Agency, NEPAD, over the next two years.

In conclusion, allow me to announce the end of Egypt's chairmanship of the COMESA and it is my pleasure to hand over the chairmanship of the COMESA to my brother, President of the Republic of Zambia, His Excellency President Hichilema. I am fully confident that he will do all he can to build on the achievements of the Egyptian chairmanship, wishing His Excellency and his government all the best and success. I would like to announce the new bureau of the COMESA Summit which includes the Republic of Zambia as president, the Republic of Burundi as vice-chairman and the Arab Republic of Egypt as rapporteur.

Thank you.

May Allah’s peace, mercy and blessings be upon you."

Speech by President El-Sisi on June 30 Revolution Anniversary


“In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

At the outset, allow me to extend my sincere congratulations to you on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the glorious June 30 Revolution. This year, it coincides with the blessed Eid Al-Adha. Many happy returns of the day and may Allah bless Egypt and the Arab and Muslim nations.

The great people of Egypt,
In history, there are days that are as bright as the stars which light up the darkness of the night, dispel the darkness of tyranny, illuminate the way for the passers, and guide them to the right path. June 30, 2013 is one of the most prominent immortal days. It is the day when the great people of Egypt rose up, rebelling against those who wanted to take their homeland, rejecting injustice, sectarianism and tyranny, and declaring with a loud voice that was heard all over the world saying: "the identity of the homeland is authentically Egyptian. It is not allowed to be hijacked or exchanged."

On that day, the people announced that Egypt belongs to the Egyptians and that it is independent in making its decision, and follows only the will of its people and their supreme interests. June 30 marks the reaffirmation of the unity of the homeland, under its Egyptian identity which unites and does not disperse and is inclusive of the entire people without discrimination or division.

The noble people of Egypt,
The steadfastness that you have shown during the past ten years, since the glorious June 30 Revolution, will remain a subject of study for intellectuals and researchers. There are many questions that have been raised about the secret behind the special relationship between the Egyptian people and their national state institutions and between the people and their Armed Forces.

Many were confused about the source of this solid will and unyielding determination, which transformed Egypt, within a few years, from a country facing dangerous division and civil strife, to a cohesive country, whose people enjoy security and stability. This has come at a high cost paid by the heroes among this people: the Armed Forces and police who stood against the mightiest and the fiercest wave of terrorism. Those men sacrificed their lives so that the homeland would live and prosper.

The magnitude of the challenges faced by the Egyptian people since 2011 has instilled in the hearts of its people a unique steadfastness and special strength. They have lived and knew what it means to be threatened to lose the homeland, fear for one’s family and children, and lose livelihood and capabilities. Therefore, I certainly believe that this generation of the Egyptian people is the most capable of shouldering the responsibility of building the country and the modern and advanced state.

I believe that this generation, which moved Egypt, with their efforts and patience, from chaos and anxiety to stability and security, is able to complete their comprehensive development experience which is witnessing rapid progress. This progress covers every inch of the country, including the infrastructure, roads, transportation and trade that sees a real breakthrough, and thus placing Egypt among the ranks of developed countries.
 
This also includes electric power, gas, petroleum, renewable energy, and land reclamation, where large areas of lands have been reclaimed without precedent in Egypt’s history. In addition, the health and education sectors, our main concern, have seen progress. In this regard, many diseases, which have long caused pain to Egyptians, have been eradicated, modern schools and universities have been established and modern sciences have been localized in Egypt.

This progress also includes the development of insecure and unplanned areas to save millions of our people from a reality that is not suitable for them nor for Egypt and the establishment of new, developed cities across the Republic to solve the overpopulation crisis and raise the quality of life for Egyptians.

This aims to help us embark on the path of advanced industrialization, communications, information technology and digital transformation.

The noble people of Egypt,

On the tenth anniversary of June 30 Revolution, I renew my pledge with you that devotion and work would only be for Egypt. I renew my pledge that the national interest and the national identity will always be the road markers that provide guidance for our journey and path. I tell you: “the scale of the enormous sacrifices made by the people and their national institutions is not worthy of anything other than victory, God willing.”

This victory means proceeding forward with strength and confidence on the path of development and construction … on the path of improving the conditions and lives of people and providing the appropriate conditions to unleash the energies of work and creativity of the Egyptian people of all walks of life and classes.

These efforts target the private sector, civil society, youth and women to gather all the components of the homeland in an integrated system that leads our beloved country toward the dream that Egyptians have always wanted to realize. This is  the dream of progress and the advancement of the homeland. This is the dream of the new republic that is modern and advanced in all fields.

Many happy returns and may Egypt and its people live in goodness, peace, and safety.

Long live Egypt, Long live Egypt, Long live Egypt

May Allah’s peace, mercy and blessings be upon you."

Receiving kings and heads of state

President El-Sisi and First Lady Receive US First Lady Jill Biden

On June 2, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and First Lady Intisar El-Sisi received US First Lady Jill Biden, who is visiting Egypt for two days.

First Lady Welcomed US First Lady Jill Biden as a dear guest of Egypt and welcomed her to her second country. Moreover, she expected the visit to be a new step towards strengthening the Egyptian-US friendship.


President El-Sisi Receives President of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Cheikh El-Ghazaouani

On June 4, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Cheikh El-Ghazaouani, at Cairo International Airport, at the start of the Mauritanian President’s three-day visit to Egypt.

Upon their arrival at Al-Ittihadiya Palace, an official reception ceremony was held during which the guard of honor were inspected and the national anthems of both countries were played.

Spokesman for the Presidency, Counselor Ahmad Fahmy, said President El-Sisi and the Mauritanian President held a bilateral session of talks, followed by an expanded meeting attended by the two countries’ delegations. The two Presidents valued the ongoing development in Egyptian-Mauritanian relations, as well as the steady progress in the longstanding historical bonds between the two countries over the past years across all levels, particularly in the military and security aspects as well as in counter-terrorism efforts in the Sahel region.

President El-Sisi and President Mohamed Ould Cheikh El-Ghazaouani discussed ways to strengthen economic cooperation, increase trade and boost bilateral investments during the coming period. The Mauritanian President lauded the Egyptian development experience, expressing appreciation for the support and capacity building for the brothers in Mauritania that Egypt provides in all areas.

An agreement was reached to convene the Joint High Committee at the level of foreign ministers next July, during which a number of cooperation agreements in an array of areas will be signed. This shall enhance the frameworks of cooperation as well as the Egyptian-Mauritanian partnership for the benefit of the two peoples.

During their talks, the two Presidents exchanged views on mechanisms for further advancing joint Arab and African action, and discussed the latest developments in a number of regional issues, notably Sudan, Libya, Syria and the Renaissance Dam.

Receiving foreign officials

 President El-Sisi Meets the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union

On June 5, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union, (ITU), Ms Doreen Bogdan-Martin. The meeting was also attended by Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Amr Talaat and Director, Regional Office of the International Telecommunication Union for the Arab States, Mr. Adel Darwish.

Spokesman for the Presidency, Counselor Ahmad Fahmy, said the President confirmed Egypt’s commitment to enhancing cooperation with the ITU and to effectively participating in its functions and activities, given its leading role as one of the UN agencies specialized in communications and IT as well as its status as a global platform for governments and the private sector in this field. The President underlined the state’s interest through “Egypt’s Digital Strategy” to develop the communications and IT sector and upgrade its infrastructure as it is Egypt’s gateway to the future. President El-Sisi looked forward for the ITU to support Egypt’s efforts in this regard.

The ITU’s Secretary General valued Egypt’s role in and extended contributions to the Union’s work, the latest of which is hosting the current edition of The Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR-23) in Sharm El-Sheikh, which is an important international forum that enjoys wide participation for cooperation and exchange of expertise among all concerned stakeholders in the field worldwide. This reflects the international community’s confidence in the communications and IT sector in Egypt and the capabilities, expertise and promising future it enjoys. Ms Bogdan-Martin emphasized the union’s interest to foster close cooperation with Egypt in this regard so as to contribute to supporting the digital development process in Egypt, notably in light of the state’s interest that she noted in this sector.


President El-Sisi Meets the Prime Minister of Iraq and his Delegation

On June 13, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received Prime Minister of Iraq, Mohammed Shia' Al Sudani. Iraq’s Premier is heading a high-level government delegation, comprising two deputies of the prime minister, the ministers of foreign affairs, planning, housing, trade and electricity, in addition to the Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq. The Iraqi delegation is in Egypt to participate in the Joint Egyptian-Iraqi Higher Committee. Prime Minister, Dr. Moustafa Madbouly, and a number of Egyptian ministers and senior officials also attended the meeting with the President.

Spokesman for the Presidency, Counselor Ahmad Fahmy, said the President reiterated Egypt’s firm and unequivocal position in support of Iraq’s security and stability. The President underscored appreciation of the profound and solid strategic relations between the two countries, confirming commitment to strengthening and diversifying the frameworks of bilateral cooperation across the various political, economic, trade and cultural areas, at both the bilateral level and within the context of the Trilateral Cooperation Mechanism with Jordan.

The Iraqi Prime Minister lauded the solid and historical fraternal bonds the two countries share, stressing Iraq’s keenness on bolstering the well-established mechanisms of bilateral cooperation and on building on the outcomes of his last visit to Egypt last March. He asserted that the pace of the exchange of visits between the two sides demonstrated commitment to promote bilateral relations toward broader prospects during the coming period and to enhance leveraging Egyptian capacities and competences in a variety of areas. This comes in light of Egypt’s prominent role in reinforcing joint Arab action in the face of the current crises and challenges in the region; a role that is considered a model to be emulated in maintaining stability and improving the development, economic and social conditions.

The meeting explored ways to further advance frameworks of bilateral cooperation in an array of fields, particularly economic cooperation, trade, investment and the upgrading of infrastructure.

The two sides also exchanged views on Arab and regional issues of mutual concern, in light of the two countries’ pivotal roles in the region. They underlined keenness on boosting joint Arab action so as to contribute to countering the multiple challenges facing the Arab nation at the current stage, in order to realize the aspirations of the peoples of the region to live in peace and stability.


President El-Sisi Meets with CEO of CMA CGM

On June 15, 20243, President El-Sisi met with Mr. Rodolphe Saadé, CEO of CMA CGM, a French shipping company, in the presence of of Minister of Transport Lieutenant General Kamel Al-Wazir and senior officials.

The President praised the close relations between Egypt and France, stressing that cooperation with the French company would contribute to the development of the management of the Great Port of Alexandria, especially in terms of establishing logistical areas to increase its capacity. This, in turn, would enhance its ability to support trade, export and import, and promote Egypt's weight as a global trade and logistical hub.

.Mr. Saadé congratulated President El-Sisi for the opening of Tahya Misr Terminal, praising the business climate in Egypt and stressing the company's aspiration to enhance cooperation with the Egyptian side in port management, as well as to expand the company's scope of work to include the operation of logistic areas and additional terminals in other ports next to Alexandria Port.


President El-Sisi Meets IFC Managing Director

On June 18, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with the Managing Director of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank Group, Makhtar Diop. The meeting was attended by Minister of International Cooperation Dr. Rania Al-Mashat.

Spokesman for the Presidency Counselor Ahmed Fahmy said the meeting touched on various aspects of relations between Egypt and the International Finance Corporation, and the IFC's role in supporting development priorities in Egypt, especially in light of the agreement to be signed today between the two sides, regarding the IFC’s provision of technical and advisory support to ensure optimal implementation of the State Ownership Policy Document.

President El-Sisi valued the fruitful partnership and constructive cooperation between the Egyptian government and the IFC, especially in the areas of infrastructure, renewable energy, transformative industries, and health care. The President stressed Egypt's keenness to continue strengthening structural reforms, to help enhance the role of the private sector and provide a positive climate for all investors and global financial markets.

Mr. Diop lauded the outstanding cooperation between the two sides and expressed that the IFC looked forward to signing an agreement to support the Egyptian offering program and provide advice on the implementation of the State Ownership Policy Document, in accordance with the priorities and needs of the government. In this regard, he noted the clear seriousness of the state in enhancing the openness of the business climate, and its encouragement to the International Finance Corporation to increase joint programs with the private sector to stimulate its role in supporting comprehensive and sustainable development efforts, especially at this critical stage at the global level, during which many complex crises are intertwined, posing great pressure on most countries. He stressed that the IFC would continue playing its role to support comprehensive development in Egypt.



President El-Sisi Meets Deputy Chairman of Sudan's Sovereign Council

On June 18, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Deputy Chairman of Sudan's Sovereign Council Malik Agar and the high-level delegation accompanying him, in the presence of Director of the Egyptian General Intelligence Service Major General Abbas Kamel.

The spokesman for the presidency said President El-Sisi listened to the latest developments pertinent to the crisis in Sudan. Mr. Agar explained the efforts aimed at resolving the crisis, in a manner that preserves the unity and cohesion of the state, in addition to means of cooperation and coordination to deliver humanitarian and relief aid. Mr. Agar lauded Egypt’s sincere and tireless support to maintain the safety and stability of Sudan, in light of the critical juncture the country is going through, including receiving the Sudanese people in their second home, Egypt. He expressed his country's appreciation for the active role Egypt plays in the region and Africa.


President El-Sisi affirmed that Egypt has always been and will continue to be a source of support to Sudan, especially during the critical circumstances it is going through, while taking into account the historical ties between the two peoples and the common strategic interest that unites the two countries. The President affirmed that stopping the fighting and shooting permanently and comprehensively, and engaging in peaceful dialogue that results in achieving the will of the Sudanese people towards security, stability and development, are the priorities towards which efforts must be enhanced to implement. The President also confirmed that Egypt will make every effort to achieve calm, stop bloodshed, and advance the path of peace, as well as Egypt’s full support for the cohesion, unity and territorial integrity of the Sudanese state.


President El-Sisi Meets the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

On June 19, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Mr. Josep Borrell, and the Vice-President of the European Commission, in the presence of Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sameh Shoukry, and a number of senior European Commission officials.

Spokesman for the Presidency, Counselor Ahmed Fahmy, said the President emphasized the importance of the European Union within the framework of Egypt's foreign policy, both in terms of being Egypt's first trading partner, and in light of the diverse and longstanding ties between the two sides and the common challenges they are facing on the two banks of the Mediterranean.

Mr. Borrell lauded the outstanding relations Egypt and the European Union shared, confirming Egypt's political weight regionally and internationally, as well as its role as a cornerstone for security and stability in the region, which is passing through a stage of turmoil. He asserted that this makes Egypt a key and valued strategic partner of the European Union and its member States.

The meeting reviewed various aspects of the institutional relations between Egypt and the European Union. The two sides emphasized commitment to further promoting cooperation and mutual dialogue so as to strengthen their friendly relations, in light of the common interests and challenges, particularly with regard to combating illegal migration and terrorism.

The meeting also addressed ongoing coordination on a number of international and regional issues, particularly developments in the Sudanese crisis. The European official commended Egypt's efforts for hosting Sudanese refugees and for its efforts to restore calm and consolidate a ceasefire. The meeting also focused on the latest in the Palestinian cause in light of the recent developments. The two sides agreed to intensify efforts to achieve peace and a settlement for the Palestinian issue, in accordance with the international fundamentals and terms of reference, in a manner that shall restore the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and reinforce the security and development of all peoples of the region.

The talks also touched on the latest developments in the Russian-Ukrainian crisis. The President stressed the importance of intensifying international action to avoid and contain the economic effects of the crisis on the world economy and developing countries specifically, given its repercussions on the world's food, energy and finance markets.


President El-Sisi Meets CEOs of Italian Mining Companies

On June 20, 2023,  President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received CEOs of a number of Italian mining companies, including Breton, BSM and Minerali Industriali. The meeting was also attended by Prime Minister, Dr. Moustafa Madbouly, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Eng. Tarek El Molla, as well as the Italian Ambassador in Egypt.

Spokesman for the Presidency, Counselor Ahmad Fahmy, said the meeting explored prospects of cooperation with the Italian companies to leverage Egypt’s mineral wealth, in light of the huge success of the industrial cooperation between Egypt and Italy. Such cooperation included the Complex of Quartz Production Plants in Ein Sokhna, which the President inaugurated last May.

The Italian companies‘ directors and CEOs confirmed that they looked forward to cultivating closer cooperation with Egypt. They highlighted the President’s close follow-up on efforts to push private investments out of the state’s keenness on realizing significant leap in this field. They underscored their commitment to further strengthening the fruitful collaboration with Egypt in mining activities, given Egypt’s potential of mineral ores and the conducive investment climate in the mining sector in Egypt.

President El-Sisi emphasized Egypt’s appreciation of its robust and historical relations with Italy and commitment to further advancing ties in various areas of bilateral cooperation. He reiterated Egypt’s interest to attract major Italian companies to the mining and transformative industry sector with the aim of increasing the industrial value addition, the localization of the industry, the transfer of knowledge and technology and building Egyptian capacity in this most advanced industries. This shall take place in a manner that opens up broader prospects for the national economy to provide more job opportunities and increase production and exports to world countries.


President El-Sisi Receives India's Prime Minister at Ittihadia Palace

On June 25, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received at Ittihadia Palace the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, who is on a state visit to Egypt, the first of its kind.
Spokesman for the Presidency Counselor Ahmed Fahmy said the two leaders held talks at the summit level, during which they confirmed the distinct joint historical relations between the two countries and the mutual commitment to pushing them to broader horizons across various fields, especially through intensifying mutual visits by senior officials from the two countries. The Indian prime minister’s visit to Egypt follows the state visit President El-Sisi made to New Delhi in January. It also coincides with the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Egypt and India.
The meeting touched on ways to enhance bilateral relations across many fields, mainly communications and information technology, pharmaceutical industries, vaccines, higher education, new and renewable energy including green hydrogen, in addition to tourism and culture through direct flights between Cairo and New Delhi. This is in addition to boosting trade and the exchange of strategic goods between the two countries, as well as developing Indian investments in Egypt in the coming period.
Views were exchanged on the developments of a number of regional and international issues of common interest. Prime Minister Modi invited President El-Sisi to participate in the upcoming G20 Summit in New Delhi under the Indian presidency. The President expressed Egypt's confidence in India’s active presidency of the summit; one that contributes to containing the negative repercussions of international challenges on the global economy. The President stressed Egypt's full readiness to cooperate with the Indian presidency to advance talks in a constructive direction, in a way that allows reaching optimal ways to address energy crises, climate change, food shortages, and access to financing for developing countries.
Following the talks, the two leaders signed a joint declaration to upgrade relations between the two countries to the level of strategic partnership, reflecting the longstanding common cultural heritage between Egypt and India at the official and popular levels, in addition to the presence of mutual will between the two countries to advance bilateral relations.
President El-Sisi also conferred Prime Minister Modi with the “Order of the Nile”, Egypt’s highest state honor.

 


President El-Sisi Participates in Meeting with African Presidents on African Mediation Initiative

On June 5, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi participated in a meeting with a number of African presidents to discuss the African mediation initiative on the Russian-Ukrainian crisis. Participants included President of the Comoros Islands and current President of the African Union Othman Ghazali, President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa, President of Senegal Macky Sall, President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni, and President of Zambia Hakainde Hichilema.

The Spokesman for the Presidency, Counselor Ahmed Fahmy, stated that during the meeting, African leaders discussed the details of the African initiative for the mediation between Russia and Ukraine. They affirmed that Africa has a firm interest to work towards an end to this conflict, given its enormous negative effects on African countries and the rest of the world in a number of vital sectors, such as food and energy security and international finance, in addition to their importance to reinforce international peace and stability.

During the meeting, President El-Sisi confirmed that Egypt hoped that the African initiative would contribute to the settlement of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, in light of the African continent's extended relations with the two states, as well as the multiple dimensions of this crisis, which has crossed its geographical boundaries to affect different regions of the world, particularly in Africa, the Middle East as well as developing countries, which were hardest hit by the repercussions of the crisis.

The President stressed that Egypt has adopted a balanced position since the outbreak of the crisis based on the importance of respecting the principles of international law, settling conflicts through peaceful means, allowing the language of dialogue to prevail and mobilizing international efforts to reach a solution that takes into account the concerns of all parties so as to ensure achieving international stability and security. The President confirmed that Egypt will spare no effort to contribute to containing this crisis and overcoming its political, humanitarian and economic repercussions. The President looked forward to the African Initiative's contribution as a step on the path towards achieving the desired political settlement between the parties to the conflict.

At the meeting, there was consensus on continuing intensive action to advance the African initiative by developing the necessary mechanisms to encourage the Russian and Ukrainian sides to engage positively in the coming period.



Foreign visits

President El-Sisi Begins African Tour to Angola, Zambia and Mozambique

On June 6, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi begins a three-leg African tour that will take him to Angola, Zambia and Mozambique.

Spokesman for the Presidency, Counselor Ahmad Fahmy, said the President’s tour in the Southern Africa region comes within the context of Egypt’s keenness on intensifying engagement and coordination with the African brothers and on cultivating closer cooperation at the economic, trade and investment levels. This is in addition to the advanced priority accorded to African issues in the Egyptian foreign policy.

President El-Sisi is scheduled to hold a series of bilateral talks with the leaders of the African countries to explore mechanisms to further advance bilateral cooperation with Egypt and ways to address the concerns of the African continent. The President is also expected to discuss the latest developments in regional issues and dossiers of mutual interest and cooperation to develop the frameworks of joint African action in order to push forward the development process and boost economic integration in the continent. During his visit to the Zambian capital, Lusaka, President El-Sisi will participate in the 22nd summit of The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), during which the bloc’s rotating chairmanship will be handed over from Egypt to Zambia.

President El-Sisi Arrives in Zambia

On June 7, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi arrived, in Zambia on an official visit to participate in the COMESA Summit.

The Zambia Folklore Band celebrated and presented a part of the "folk dance", to celebrate the arrival of President El- Sisi to the capital, Lusaka.

The summit, in which 21 African leaders will take part, focuses on means of promoting development and economic and trade integration among COMESA members.

COMESA groups 21 countries; namely Egypt, Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Malawi, Madagascar, Libya, Seychelles, Rwanda, Mauritius, Tunisia, Sudan, Somalia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Uganda.

 On June 8, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with President of the Republic of Zambia, Hakainde Hichilema.

President Hichilema welcomed President El-Sisi to Lusaka, commending the achievements made under Egypt's chairmanship of the COMESA during the past period. He stressed his country's keenness to develop cooperation with Egypt as well as to further consult on the issues and challenges facing Africa, particularly, in view of Egypt's leading role under the leadership of President El-Sisi at the African level and efforts to advance the process of development and maintain peace and security on the African continent.

President El-Sisi stressed Egypt's aspiration to strengthen the historic bilateral relations between the two fraternal countries and to activate the frameworks for joint cooperation in various areas, particularly to increase trade, explore mutual investment opportunities to achieve mutual interests, and further provide various support and capacity-building programs in Zambia. This is in addition to the coordination on the issues of the region and the African continent, expressing his sincere wishes to his brother President Hichilema to successfully lead the COMESA and continue advancing the frameworks of joint cooperation within the coming period.

The meeting also discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations at various levels and agreed on the importance of activating existing mechanisms for cooperation between the two sides. This is in addition to developing economic relations and trade between the two fraternal countries and supporting Zambia's economic development efforts, particularly in the areas of infrastructure development by making use of the expertise of Egyptian companies in this field and maximizing cooperation in agriculture, livestock, fish farming and health sectors.

The talks also addressed the latest regional developments at the continental level as well as the most important files on the COMESA agenda, particularly with regard to strengthening existing efforts to achieve economic and regional integration. The two sides agreed on the importance of continuing work to implement the development goals in the various areas set out in the African Development Agenda 2063, as well as focusing on the implementation of priority continental projects. This is in addition to strengthening African mechanisms for post-conflict reconstruction and development and intensifying efforts to combat terrorism and extremism and supporting security and stability on the African continent.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi participated in the 22nd Summit of the The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), with the attendance of heads of state and representatives of the African Member States.

The Lusaka summit saw the handover of COMESA’s rotating chairmanship from President El-Sisi to Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema and Egypt’s assumption of the position of Rapporteur at the COMESA Bureau. The participants expressed gratitude and appreciation for the remarkable accomplishments achieved during Egypt’s chairmanship of COMESA as well as the experience and insight shown by President El-Sisi’s leadership of the bloc in addressing the various issues of the continent, in addition to Egypt’s extended role in strengthening joint African action efforts. They noted in particular reinforcing efforts toward the implementation of Africa's development blueprint Agenda 2063, supporting the economic integration plans in the bloc’s states, upgrading their infrastructure and boosting intra-regional trade in particular.

President El-Sisi delivered a speech at the session, reviewing the major achievements realized during the Egyptian chairmanship of COMESA over the past two years, which occurred under very delicate regional and international circumstances, particularly in all sectors of economic development and in the area of maintaining peace and security.

President El-Sisi Arrives in Mozambique and Holds Talks with President Nyusi

On June 9, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi arrived in Maputo, at the start of his visit to Mozambique, where he held talks with President of Mozambique Filipe Nyusi at the Presidential Palace.

Spokesman for the Presidency, Counselor Ahmad Fahmy, said the Mozambican President welcomed the historic visit by President El-Sisi, confirming that his country highly valued this visit, which is the first ever by an Egyptian President to Maputo. He valued President El-Sisi’s current tour to a number of African countries, which reflected Egypt’s profound interest in Africa and its commitment to supporting its brothers in the continent.

The Mozambican President underscored the firmness of the bilateral relations and the longstanding bonds between Egypt and Mozambique, noting that his country is looking forward to reinforcing relations between the two countries, particularly at the economic level. He stated that this comes in light of Mozambique’s keenness on encouraging Egyptian investments in his country, and emphasized that his government is committed to providing all facilitations necessary to Egyptian companies and to eliminating any obstacles they might encounter in their business in Mozambique.

President El-Sisi confirmed that he valued the fact that he is the first Egyptian President to visit Maputo. He stressed that Egypt hoped the visit would contribute to opening up broader prospects for cooperation between the two countries so as to achieve significant progress in their bilateral relations. The President reiterated that his keenness on visiting Mozambique during his current African tour emanates from his appreciation for the historical and fraternal relations it shares with Egypt as well as its key role in the Southern Africa region.

President El-Sisi highlighted the wide prospects for promoting the level of economic cooperation between Egypt and Mozambique, underlining the need to work toward further advancing trade exchange between the two countries to be commensurate with the outstanding bilateral relations between them. The President reiterated a mutual commitment to boosting the presence of Egyptian companies operating in Mozambique and encouraging new ones to invest there, particularly in the fields of infrastructure, agriculture, fisheries and health, in addition to continuing to provide support and capacity-building to the brothers in Mozambique in the various civilian and military areas.

The talks between the two Presidents saw an alignment in views with regard to a number of regional issues of mutual concern, notably the Sudanese crisis. They agreed on the need to hold intensive political consultations and coordination between the two countries during the coming period on urgent dossiers on the African scene. Those include developments in the various conflict zones in Africa and the negative repercussions of the ongoing global crises on efforts to push forward development processes in African countries, particularly in light of Mozambique’s election to the membership in the UN Security Council for the period 2023-2024.

The meeting also explored ways to strengthen cooperation between Egypt and Mozambique in the area of combating terrorism and extremism ideology in Africa to help achieve the security and stability necessary for development, particularly in the Eastern and Southern Africa regions on the security level and information sharing. The President of Mozambique lauded the role of the revered Egyptian religious institutions in combating extremist ideology and in disseminating the moderate approaches of moderate Islam to the world countries, including Mozambique.

President El-Sisi Arrives in Paris to Attend the Summit for a New Global Financing Pact

On June 21, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi arrived in the French capital, Paris, to participate in the Summit for a New Global Financing Pact.

The President’s participation in this important summit comes upon an invitation by French President Emmanuel Macron, in light of the close and growing strategic relations between Egypt and France as well as Egypt's active role at the level of emerging economies in general.

President El-Sisi Meets the CEO of the French Shipping Company, CMA CGM, in Paris

On June 21, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the world’s leading French Shipping and Logistics Company CMA CGM, Mr. Rodolphe Saadé, and a number of senior company officials, at his residence in the French capital Paris.

Spokesman for the Presidency, Counselor Ahmed Fahmy, said the meeting focused on ways to expand and deepen the company's activities in Egypt during the coming period and followed-up on their ongoing cooperation in the fields of navigation, ports and maritime transport in Egypt, particularly with regard to the operation and management of the Tahya Misr Multipurpose Terminal at the Grand Port of Alexandria, which was recently inaugurated in the presence of President El-Sisi. The President underscored Egypt's interest in cooperating with the French company as an added value and a qualitative leap in the upgrading of the Grand Port of Alexandria so as to enhance the port’s activities at the regional and global levels, by applying international standards in port operation and benefiting from foreign expertise in a manner that shall help improve the global classification of Egyptian ports in the areas of logistics and trade.

The CEO of the world's leading shipping and logistics company lauded the business climate in Egypt, which, he said, has been witnessing positive and rapid progress. Mr. Saadé emphasized that the company seeks to expand its cooperation with Egypt in the management of additional ports, including the operation of logistic zones and stations, given the huge scale of development projects which are currently being implemented in Egypt. He confirmed that these projects represent a great opportunity and a promising market for receiving major foreign companies to invest in various fields.

President El-Sisi meets the CEO of Alstom Group in Paris

On June 21, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received at his residence in the French capital, Paris, Chairman and CEO of Alstom Group, Mr. Henri Poupart-Lafarge.

Spokesman for the Presidency, Counselor Ahmad Fahmy, said the meeting focused on joint cooperation with the French Alstom Group in the transport sector. The President lauded the constructive cooperation with the French company, which comes within the framework of the outstanding bilateral relations between Egypt and France. President El-Sisi reiterated Egypt’s commitment to increasing the rates of the localization of the industry and advanced technology in joint activities with the world’s leading companies, while placing interest on establishing centers for training Egyptian experts to benefit from foreign expertise in the transfer of knowledge and building cadres. The President commended Alstom’s efforts in this regard.

Chairman and CEO of Alstom Group, Mr. Poupart-Lafarge confirmed his company’s intention to expand the size and scope of its business in Egypt, notably in light of the promising investment opportunities offered in the Egyptian transport sector, which is considered a gateway to boost its investments in the Arab and African regions. This is in addition to capitalizing on the size of the mega projects which are currently being implemented in Egypt and which are characterized by efficiency and speed.

The meeting reviewed aspects of the ongoing cooperation between the ministry of transport and the French company, notably with regard to the National Authority for Tunnels and the Egyptian National Railways. The discussions also tackled future projects, the details of which are currently being studies by the two sides.

President El-Sisi Meets the President of the European Council in Paris

On June 22, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with President of the European Council, Charles Michel, on the sidelines of the Paris Summit for a New Global Financing Pact.

Spokesman for the Presidency, Counselor Ahmad Fahmy, said the President welcomed the ongoing engagement with the President of the European Council, and expressed appreciation of the Egyptian-European relations. President El-Sisi reiterated interest to further promote and deepen the partnership between the two sides, taking into consideration the fact that they share the Mediterranean regional neighborhood and the importance of joint coordination to address regional and international challenges.

Mr. Michel expressed his appreciation for the engagement with the President and for getting an understanding of Egypt’s position on the issues raised, particularly in light of Egypt’s status as a key strategic partner of the European Union. He confirmed the EU’s interest to foster closer cooperation with Egypt across various levels.

The meeting followed-up on progress in the various aspects of cooperation between the two sides, within the framework of “The EU-Egypt Partnership Priorities Document for 2021-2027”, which represents a vital trajectory for further deepening the Egyptian-European partnership in the coming years in all areas.

The talks also touched on a multitude of issues of mutual interest. The President of the European Council appreciated Egypt’s efforts, which are valued by the EU, with regard to various issues that represent challenges in the region and compromise the security and stability of Mediterranean countries, particularly in terms of hosting millions of refugees on Egypt’s land, preventing illegal migration, and combating terrorism and extremist ideology. This is, in addition to Egypt’s efforts toward peace in the Middle East region.

Also discussed during the meeting were developments in the Russian-Ukrainian crisis and the latest in the current crisis in Sudan. There was an alignment in views between the two sides with regard to the need to continue consultations and coordination in the coming period, in order to strengthen efforts toward helping Sudan overcome this crisis, in a manner that takes into account the interests of the Sudanese people and the deteriorating humanitarian situation from which they are suffering.

President El-Sisi Meets President of Tunisia Kais Saied in Paris

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with President of Tunisia, Kais Saied, on the sidelines of the Paris Summit for a New Global Financing Pact.

Spokesman for the Presidency, Counselor Ahmad Fahmy, said President El-Sisi lauded the outstanding fraternal relations between Egypt and Tunisia, underscoring Egypt’s position in support of Tunisia during the critical circumstances it is currently passing through. The President emphasized Egypt’s commitment to further advancing frameworks of bilateral cooperation across all levels.

The Tunisian President confirmed that his country appreciates the firm bonds and relations it shares with Egypt at both the official and popular levels. He valued the achievements Egypt has realized domestically over the past years in terms of security, stability and development, as well as its prominent political leverage at the regional and international levels, which will have its positive repercussions on joint Arab and African action and efforts to reach political settlements to the ongoing crises in the region.

The two Presidents discussed ways to strengthen frameworks of bilateral cooperation between their countries, and exchanged views on a number of regional and international dossiers of mutual concern. Those included international efforts to reform the world’s financial system in light of the crisis it is passing through. President El-Sisi and President Saied shared views with regard to the importance of adding more justice to and improving the mechanisms of the global financing system, so as to contain the massive negative repercussions resulting from the complex crises, primarily on developing countries.

President El-Sisi Meets France’s President Macron, who Hosts Banquet in His Honor at Élysée Palace

On June 22, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, who hosted a lunch banquet at the Élysée Palace in honor of President El-Sisi and in celebration of his visit to France to participate in the Paris Summit for a New Global Financing Pact.

Spokesman for the Presidency, Counselor Ahmad Fahmy, said the French President welcomed the visit by President El-Sisi to Paris, expressing his country’s appreciation of Egypt. President Macron valued the firm bonds between Egypt and France as well as the profound friendship the two countries share, particularly in light of the huge momentum their bilateral relations have been witnessing across various fields, notably at the economic and trade levels. The French President underscored France’s keenness on holding intensive consultations and coordination with Egypt, as one of its key regional partners. He valued Egypt’s role in establishing the pillars of stability in the Middle East, the Mediterranean region and the African continent and its efforts in combating terrorism, extremist ideology and illegal migration.

President El-Sisi lauded the remarkable and growing progress in bilateral relations across all levels. He emphasized that Egypt is seeking to further enhance political consultations and the exchange of views with France on various regional and international issues of mutual concern, particularly with regard to issues of sustainable development and consolidating peace and security in the region. The President stressed the importance of working closer together to bolster bilateral cooperation and leverage the potential and opportunities of the two friendly countries, particularly in the sectors where France is enjoying extensive expertise and outstanding potential, such as the transport sector and the renewable energy sector in the field of green hydrogen. This is, in addition to encouraging French companies to capitalize on the investment opportunities available in Egypt.

During their meeting, the two Presidents explored ways to further promote bilateral relations and discussed regional and international issues of common interest, particularly the latest developments in the Russian-Ukrainian crisis and its negative repercussions on world food and energy markets. President El-Sisi and French President Macron also focused on developments in Sudan and reviewed ways to coordinate efforts with Egypt as a leading partner of the EU in the areas of combating terrorism and illegal migration. They also deliberated on the most important outcomes expected to emanate from the Summit for a New Global Financing Pact, and confirmed their countries’ commitment to collaborating and coordinating for the sake of enhancing international initiatives aimed at supporting developing countries and facilitating their access to needed financial flows to address the negative economic repercussions resulting from the escalation of the many successive global challenges.

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi at the Élysée Palace for a Dinner Banquet hosted in honor of heads of state and government and international organizations participating in the Summit for a New Global Financing Pact, held in Paris on the 22nd and 23rd of June, 2023.

President El-Sisi Meets France's Minister of the Economy and Finance

On June 23, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with France's Minister of the Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire.

Spokesman for the Presidency, Counselor Ahmad Fahmy, said the President looked forward to deepening and further promoting prospects of joint cooperation with France in the economic and development areas, particularly by boosting French investments in Egypt to capitalize on the promising opportunities provided by mega projects.

The French Minister of the Economy and Finance confirmed his country’s commitment to forging closer cooperation with the Government of Egypt across an array of fields, that shall support the development process currently underway in Egypt. He underscored France’s support for French companies’ projects in Egypt, stressing that it will continue to provide the needed financing mechanisms for the two countries’ plans of the financial and technical cooperation programs.

The meeting discussed issues on the agenda of the Paris Summit for a New Global Financing Pact and the urgent need to carry out meaningful reforms in the global financing system, with the aim of creating a fairer system and enhancing the ability of developing countries to address the complex and intertwined set of challenges, particularly with regard to climate change.

President El-Sisi Meets President of South Africa in Paris

On June 23, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in Paris, on the sidelines of the Summit for a New Global Financial Pact.

The Spokesman for the Presidency stated that President El-Sisi affirmed Egypt's keenness to develop its relations with South Africa in various fields, especially in light of the distinguished relations between the two countries. The president stressed the importance of making best use of the two countries’ potentials with the aim of activating bilateral cooperation frameworks in various sectors, especially in terms of trade exchange. This would help achieve common interests and contribute to advancing the development process in the African continent.
President Ramaphosa praised the close relations between the two brotherly countries, noting his country's keenness to activate and develop bilateral cooperation with Egypt. He expressed his appreciation for the active Egyptian role in the African arena and the Egyptian efforts made in this regard which would achieve the aspirations of the peoples of the continent.
The Spokesman added that the meeting discussed various regional files of common concern and ways to enhance efforts to settle existing conflicts and crises in various parts of the African continent, especially the crisis in Sudan. It also discussed prospects for strengthening economic and development cooperation and increasing trade exchange between African countries.
During the meeting, the two presidents discussed the results of the recent visits of a number of African heads of state and government, including Egypt and South Africa, to Russia and Ukraine, within the framework of the African initiative to mediate the Russian-Ukrainian crisis. The two presidents agreed on the importance of making further efforts to contain this crisis and overcome its grave humanitarian and economic repercussions that affected the whole world so as to arrive at a peaceful settlement, in an effort to restore international stability and security.

President El-Sisi Meets Kenya’s President Ruto in Paris

On June 23, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with President of the Republic of Kenya, William Ruto, on the sidelines of the Summit for a New Global Financing Pact, in the French capital, Paris.

Spokesman for the Presidency, Counselor Ahmad Fahmy, said the President expressed pleasure at meeting with Kenyan President Ruto, once again, after their recent encounter in Lusaka on the sidelines of the 22nd Summit of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). President El-Sisi underscored appreciation for the close relations, joint cooperation and common vision the two countries share, in addition to Egypt’s commitment to strengthening relations and solidifying the strategic cooperation with Kenya in an array of fields.

Kenya’s President Ruto voiced his country’s profound appreciation for the historical and longstanding relations with Egypt. He confirmed Kenya’s keenness on fostering closer bilateral cooperation and increasing trade between the two countries. The Kenyan President valued Egypt’s pivotal role regionally in maintaining peace, security and stability.

The two Presidents discussed regional developments of mutual concern, particularly the latest in Sudan. They agreed on the need to hold intensive consultations and coordination during the coming period, with the aim of finding a solution to the crisis in Sudan that shall restore calm and achieve a ceasefire, in a manner that would spare the Sudanese people the humanitarian repercussions of the fighting, support the path of peaceful negotiations and push forward the political process.

President El-Sisi Participates in the Closing Session of the Paris Summit for a New Global Financing

On June 23, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi participated in the closing session of the Summit for a New Global Financing Pact, in the French capital, Paris.

President El-Sisi Holds Cordial Meeting with KSA Crown Prince, HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman

On June 23, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi held a cordial meeting with Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in the French capital Paris. The two leaders underscored the robust and solid Egyptian-Saudi relations and valued the cordial and close bonds the two brotherly peoples share. They discussed ways to strengthen mechanisms of joint cooperation and to promote them toward broader horizons. President El-Sisi and HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also touched on a multitude of Arab, regional and international issues. They agreed on continuing their intensive efforts to reinforce joint Arab action and contribute to settling crises and solidifying stability, security and development in the region, so as to achieve the interests of its peoples and preserve their resources.

Phone calls

On June 2, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi made a phone call to Emir of the State of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

The call touched on ways to strengthen, support and develop bilateral relations across various fields, in addition to reviewing the latest regional and international developments, especially in Sudan. 

The two leaders stressed the importance of intensive work to contain the humanitarian situation in Sudan,  facilitate the flow of relief aid and spare civilians the repercussions of the fighting. In this context, the two leaders agreed to launch a joint initiative to support and provide relief to the Sudanese people so as to alleviate the effects and repercussions of the current crisis on the Sudanese people, especially the refugees, by providing them with humanitarian and relief services, provided that the concerned authorities in the two countries develop frameworks and mechanisms for implementation.

On June 6, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Spokesman for the Presidency, Counselor Ahmed Fahmy, said the call discussed the shooting incident that took place on the Egyptian-Israeli border on Saturday, June 3, 2023, and led to deaths among the border security personnel.

President El- Sisi and Prime Minister Netanyahu stressed the importance of full coordination to uncover all the circumstances of the incident and the intention of the two sides to continue work and coordination within the context of bilateral relations to strive to achieve just and comprehensive peace and maintain stability in the region.

On June 26, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received and made phone calls to congratulate on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha:

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar

  Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, Sultan of Oman

Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Crown Prince of the State of Kuwait

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates

Mr. Mohamed Al-Manfi, President of the Libyan Presidential Council

President Kais Said, President of the Republic of Tunisia.


Related Stories

Most Visited

From To