Indian Minister for External Affairs M.J. Akbar landed in Cairo on Friday evening in a two-day visit to Egypt to discuss cooperation and regional and international issues of mutual concern.
The Indian top diplomat will meet with senior officials to discuss cooperation between Egypt and India in all fields، as well as the latest developments in the regional and international arenas، sources told Sada elBald.
Historically، Egypt and India have been bound by a strong and close friendship that extended to different realms through cultural exchange and trade. The struggle of our nations for freedom and independence in the 20th century has strengthened bilateral relations even further to realize common goals for our peoples.
Today، there is a great potential for increasing cooperation between Egypt and India across a number of vital domains. Politically، as they share a common understanding on many issues and seek to closely coordinate efforts at regional and international fora to address them.
Economically، bilateral trade has significantly increased by 60% in the past 6 years in spite of a global economic slowdown and regional instability. Investments continue to increase in a number of fields with 50 Indian companies operating in Egypt and we look forward to expand their investments. Egyptian investors too are interested to expand their business in India.
Cultural exchange is another vital aspect of our excellent bilateral relations. The “India by the Nile” festival has been a major success where Egyptians could experience different aspects of the Indian culture and many have developed a great passion for exploring India in person. I the flow of tourists from both sides.