During the meeting, the Talgo delegation announced that the first train would be shipped to Egypt in the first half of February, according to a statement released by the Transport Ministry on Thursday.

The transport minister asked the Talgo delegation to dispatch the seven trains in 2022 to bolster the Egyptian railway fleet, the statement added.

The Spanish delegation also offered to manufacture seven luxury sleeper trains under a soft loan from the Spanish government.

The two sides agreed on holding intensive meetings in the coming period to consider all details of this Spanish offer, especially as the transport ministry seeks to localize the manufacturing of sleeper trains in the country under presidential directives.