Egyptian President El-Sisi will visit India next week; bilateral ties set to get a further boost
President Sisi will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including five Ministers
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi will visit India from January 24-26 for delegation-level talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will also participate in a business event and attend the Republic Day celebrations as the Chief Guest.
The forthcoming visit of President Sisi is expected to further strengthen and deepen the time-tested partnership between India and Egypt, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Saturday.
The Egyptian President's second state visit to India comes at the invitation of Prime Minister Modi. He has previously visited India in October 2015 to participate in the 3rd India Africa Forum Summit and in September 2016 on a State Visit.
This is for the first time that President of the Arab Republic of Egypt has been invited as Chief Guest on India's Republic Day. A military contingent from Egyptian Army will also participate in the Republic Day parade.
President El-Sisi will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including five Ministers and senior officials, the MEA said.
According to information released by the MEA, President El-Sisi will be accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on January 25; President Droupadi Murmu will host a State Banquet in his honour the same evening.
President El-Sisi will have a bilateral meeting and delegation-level talks with Prime Minister Modi on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is also scheduled to call on the visiting Egyptian President.
President El-Sisi will also interact with Indian business community at a business event on the same day, the MEA added.
It is worth noting that India and Egypt are celebrating 75 years of establishment of diplomatic relations this year. Egypt has also been invited as a ‘Guest Country’ during India’s Presidency of G-20 in 2022-23.
India and Egypt enjoy warm and friendly relations marked by civilizational, cultural and economic linkages and deep-rooted people-to-people ties.
"The multifaceted relationship is based on shared cultural values, commitment to foster economic growth, collaboration in the fields of defence & security and convergence on regional and global issues. The two countries work closely at multilateral and international platforms," the MEA said.
Bilateral trade between India and Egypt achieved a record high of USD 7.26 billion in FY 2021-22. The trade was fairly balanced, with USD 3.74 billion Indian exports to Egypt and USD 3.52 billion imports from Egypt to India. More than 50 Indian companies have invested around USD 3.15 billion in diverse sectors of Egyptian economy, including chemicals, energy, textile, garment, agri-business, and retail.