President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi starts on Tuesday 27/10/2015 a tour to United Arab Emirates (UAE), India and Bahrain.The tour comes within the framework of the Egyptian political attitude to boost cooperation with all peoples of the world countries.
The UAE will be the first leg of the tour, where the President is scheduled to have talks on means of promoting bilateral ties on all levels, especially amid the current challenges in the region, which require swift action to face the threats posed to the Arab national security, Presidential Spokesman Alaa Youssef said.
In India, the second leg of the tour, President Sisi will take part in the third India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS). His participation comes in appreciation of the close historical relations binding the two countries, the spokesman said. The IAFS will discuss means of boosting economic cooperation between India and Africa as well as promoting mutual investments. President Sisi is expected to confer with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a number of senior officials and businessmen. The meetings will take up ways of promoting the economic cooperation between Egypt and India and the Indian investments in Egypt, especially in the development project of the Suez Canal corridor. He will also meet a number of African leaders on the sidelines of the summit on African issues and topics of keeping peace and security in Africa.
In Bahrain, the last leg, President Sisi will meet King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on boosting the bilateral ties.
Egypt’s participation in IAFS
Egypt participates in the third India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) as President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi is the Chairman of the Committee of African Heads of State and Government for climate change. Besides, the Minister of Environment is the Chairman of the African Environment Ministers Council. This makes Egypt shoulder the responsibility to defend the African interests in many international forums.
The preparation to participate in the IAFS is on several levels and the economic side has a priority in this summit.
The current week witnesses the meeting of the fourth session of trade ministers preceded by the meeting of African and Indian senior officials, as well as African and Indian foreign ministers meeting.
The IAFS comes in the context of the Egyptian interest in the African issues and its keenness to develop the African continent's ties with various world countries, in particular the countries with emerging economies such as India.
The summit will discuss ways to develop economic cooperation between India and the African continent and promote mutual investment.
The summit is expected to come up with two documents, the first document is the New Delhi Declaration, and the second one is a framework for joint cooperation between India and African countries.
The first document will include the international issues, which India and the African continent are concerned about, as well as many issues that need to exchange viewpoints such as international terrorism, piracy, climate change, sustainable development, the environment and reform of the UN Security Council.
The second document reflects the issues and cooperation between the African continent and India in the fields that the Indian side achieved progress in, which the African continent can benefit from, such as building capabilities, education, technology transfer, medical care, medicines and new and renewable energy.
Likewise in the African continent has also areas of excellence, not only being an exporter of raw materials, but also there are distinctive fields in several countries, including Egypt, which has made achievements in many fields and can cooperate with India to support the least developed African countries.
The IAFS discusses what has been achieved during the two previous summits, where the African-Indian partnership began in 2008 with the first summit hosted by New Delhi. It will also adopt a mechanism at the recommendation of the African side and the Indian side appreciates that to follow up the implementation of what has been approved in the two previous summits.