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Sisi’s four-day African tour to discuss regional issues, strengthen ties

Nada Moustafa-Amr Mamdouh

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi embarked Monday on a tour of four African countries, including Tanzania, Rwanda, Gabon and Chad.

                                                                                

The tour comes within the framework of Sisi's effort to strengthen political and economic ties with other African countries to accelerate cooperation on various issues geared towards the growth of the continent, Presidency spokesman, Ambassador Alaa Youssef said.

 

Chad

 

Chadian President، Idriss Deby received Egypt’s President، Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi on Thursday at the presidency headquarters in N’Djamena.

Both presidents discussed ways to boost bilateral cooperation between the two countries in addition to important regional and international issues of common interests.

Sisi arrived in Chad earlier Thursday on the last leg of his 4-nation African tour، after a long-day visit in Gabon.

 

Gabon

The President arrived on Wednesday in Gabon; the third stop on his four-day African tour. He is the first Egyptian president to visit the Central African country.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi held talks with his Gabonese counterpart Ali Bongo Ondimba, on Wednesday evening, during which they discussed means of enhancing bilateral cooperation and ways in which to address the common challenges facing Africa. In addition they discussed regional issues of common concern.

The two presidents focused on economic relations between the various African economic blocs and organizations, means of boosting and developing bilateral relations between Egypt and Gabon, particularly in the fields of agriculture, health care, education and mining, and the contribution of Egyptian companies to the infrastructure development in Gabon.

 

Rwanda

Al-Sisi arrived on Tuesday in Rwandan Capital، Kigali on the second leg of his Four-nation tour after a day-long visit to Tanzania.

Al-Sisi was officially received by Rwandan officials at Kigali international airport. He then visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial site، where he paid his respects to the victims of the Rwanda genocide.

Rwandan President، Paul Kagame held on  Tuesday a dinner banquet in honor of visiting Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi.

 

Tanzania

Al-Sisi’s African tour began on Monday in Tanzania.

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi praised bilateral relations between Egypt and Tanzania in Dar El-Salam on Monday and called for closer economic and trade cooperation.

El-Sisi said Egypt aspires to increase mutual investments and trade, especially in fields of agriculture, energy, pharmaceuticals, metallurgical wealth, and sustainable development, during a press conference with Tanzanian President John Magufuli in the country’s capital, where he arrived on Monday.

He also mentioned the developmental projects that Egypt is carrying out in Tanzania, including those of the Egyptian irrigation ministry, and those by the Egyptian private sector in the areas of construction and infrastructure.

The Egyptian president has also praised the role Tanzania plays in several continental areas, such as support for Burundi and as a host of African refugee.

Moreover, President Al Sisi has invited his Tanzanian counterpart to visit Egypt in near future to bolster the dual ties between Egypt and Tanzania at all levels.

 


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