Egypt ad­mires Ger­many’s achieve­ment in sup­port of refugees: Al-Sisi

The Daily News Egypt - - Front Page - By Sarah El-Sheikh

Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al-Sisi ex­pressed Egypt’s ad­mi­ra­tion for Ger­many’s achieve­ments to sup­port refugees, through host­ing them and open­ing doors for them, dur­ing a sum­mit with Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel on Tues­day.

The sum­mit, which marks the sixth be­tween both lead­ers, came to strengthen bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, and strate­gic part­ner­ship be­tween Egypt and Ger­many, and build upon what has been achieved in this area dur­ing the past four years.

Al-Sisi said that the re­la­tions be­tween Egypt and Ger­many rep­re­sent a di­verse part­ner­ship, and that the con­tin­u­ous co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries con­firms the strength of those re­la­tions.

He praised the de­vel­op­ment of the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween Egypt and Ger­many, where he em­pha­sised the in­ter­na­tional ef­forts to fight ter­ror­ism, high­light­ing that sev­eral Ger­man com­pa­nies have con­trib­uted in ma­jor na­tional projects cur­rently un­der­taken by Egypt.

Dur­ing the joint press con­fer­ence, Al-Sisi ex­pressed his hap­pi­ness with the in­creased Ger­man tourism in Egypt, which he says is re­turn­ing to its pre­vi­ous lev­els.

The sum­mit in­cluded dis­cus­sion over is­sues of com­mon in­ter­est and re­gional is­sues, es­pe­cially the sit­u­a­tion in Syria, Libya, Ye­men, and ef­forts to com­bat ter­ror­ism and il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion.

The lead­ers also dis­cussed means of boost­ing bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Cairo and Ber­lin in var­i­ous po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic, trade, in­vest­ment and other fields.

The two sides dis­cussed ways to im­prove co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries in or­der to deal with the cri­sis of the flow of refugees and il­le­gal im­mi­grants,ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism,which rep­re­sent a com­mon threat and seek to im­pede the de­vel­op­ment process and spread ha­tred and vi­o­lence.

As for Ger­man Chan­cel­lor, she stated that she aims to find so­lu­tions with Egypt for the prob­lems fac­ing the Mid­dle East and as­sist­ing in spread­ing peace in the re­gion, not­ing that Ger­many is look­ing care­fully at the Mid­dle East peace process.

Merkel also said she spoke with AlSisi about the sit­u­a­tion in Gaza, and agreed on the im­por­tance of reach­ing a mu­tu­ally sat­is­fac­tory so­lu­tion.

She stressed that Ger­many seeks to de­velop women’s em­pow­er­ment, not­ing that Ger­many achieve more for women in the world.

Al-Sisi headed to Ger­many on Sun­day on a four-day visit to take part in the G20 Com­pact with Africa (CwA).

The CwA was launched in 2017, and is ini­ti­ated un­der the Ger­man G20 Pres­i­dency to pro­mote pri­vate in­vest­ments in Africa.

Al-Sisi headed to Ber­lin in four-day visit

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