India: On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that the nation would elevate its cooperation with Egypt to form a strategic partnership. PM Modi said, ‘’We as a nation have decided to develop a long-standing relationship and framework for future cooperation with Egypt in the sectors of economics, politics, security and science’’.
As per the updates, this came during a joint press conference after Prime Minister Modi had wide-ranging talks in a meeting with the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
In addition, both nations exchanged Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) in sectors such as security, information technology, security, youth matters, and broadcasting, said reports.
During the meeting, President El Sisi and PM Narendra Modi also attended the release and exchange of commemorative postage stamps with a motive to mark the completion of 75 years of bilateral diplomatic ties between India and Egypt.
As per the sources, The Union Minister of Railways and Communications and Electronics and Information Technology of India, Ashwini Vaishnaw, exchanged the commemorative postal stamp with MCIT (Minister of Communications and Information Technology) of Egypt, Amr Ahmed Samih Talaat.
The reports have stated that Egyptian President EL Sisi arrived in Delhi on a three-day visit on Tuesday and was invited as the chief guest for the 2023 Republic Day Parade.
‘’The cooperation between our defence forces will also be enhanced and strengthened to increase the exchanging of intel and information for counter-terrorism,’’ said PM Modi, During the joint press conference held at Hyderabad House.
In his remarks, PM Modi added that ‘’the cross-border terrorism will also be tackled with strong actions by the defence forces of both the nations; India and Egypt share a common concern about terrorism which would be controlled through mutual cooperation’’.
Furthermore, the Prime Minister also cited that the bilateral trade between India and Egypt will increase to around $12 billion in the coming five years.
In his statement, PM Modi also stressed that both countries would monitor the misuse of cyberspace, which helps spread radicalisation and extremism.
On his part, Egyptian President El Sisi invited Prime Minister Modi to Cairo to take the Indian-Egyptian diplomatic relationships forward. He stated, ’’I had a meeting with PM Modi in New York in 2015, and I had sheer confidence in him; I knew that he has the ability to take the nation forward for the better’’.
El Sisi was also welcomed as the Guard of Honour at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, where President Droupadi Murmur and PM Modi held him earlier in the day, said reports.