India and Egypt are celebrating 75 years of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations

The India-Egypt relationship has been elevated to a Strategic Partnership covering the political, security, defence, energy, scientific, and economic spheres.

The decision was announced after delegation-level talks between visiting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday.

During the meeting, it was also decided to strengthen cooperation between the defence industry in both the countries. The two sides will also boost the sharing of information and intelligence reports regarding counter-terrorism.

The development is particularly significant as this coincides with the celebration of 75 years of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations.

Additionally, both sides discussed cooperation in multilateral fora, particularly the G20. Egypt is a guest country for G20India.

Prime Minister Modi and President El-Sisi also witnessed the exchange of the following MoUs:

* MoU between the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team and the Egyptian Computer Emergency Readiness Team in the area of Cyber Security.

* Memorandum of Cooperation in the fields of Information Technology between India and Egypt.

* MoU in the field of Culture between India and Egypt.

* MoU on Cooperation in Youth Matters between India and Egypt.

* MoU for Cooperation on Broadcasting between Prasar Bharati, India and National Media Authority, Egypt.

The two leaders also witnessed the exchange of Commemorative Postal Stamps to mark the milestone of 75th anniversary of India-Egypt diplomatic ties.

Earlier in the day, President Droupadi Murmu accorded a ceremonial welcome to President El-Sisi at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The visiting Egyptian President also laid a wreath at Rajghat to pay his respects to Mahatma Gandhi.

The Egyptian President is in his second state visit to India. He will be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day ceremony in New Delhi on January 26.