President Sisi meets Somalian counterpart on sidelines of 31st Arab Summit



Wed, 02 Nov 2022 - 06:10 GMT


Wed, 02 Nov 2022 - 06:10 GMT


CAIRO – 2 November 2022: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has asserted Cairo’s readiness to continue providing support for Somalia to consolidate its state institutions.

The president made the remarks during meeting with his Somalian counterpart Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on the sidelines of the 31st Arab Summit, in Algeria, Wednesday.

Sisi lauded Egypt's historical relations with Somalia, asserting keenness on the interests of the brotherly Somali people as well as on supporting the East African country and helping it deal with the various challenges it has been facing, especially extremism and terrorism, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said.

He also emphasized Egypt’s willingness to revitalize aspects of cooperation with Somalia, particularly at the economic and trade levels, as well as to provide humanitarian and relief assistance to help the country confront drought crises and train its technical cadres.

Meanwhile, the Somali president said that his country is keen to bolster consultation and coordination with Egypt on various regional files of mutual interest and develop bilateral cooperation at all levels.

Mohamud pointed out to the historical ties binding Egypt and Somalia at the popular and official levels, praising Cairo’s historical role in providing assistance and support for his country in all fields.

The 31st Arab Summit kicked off in Algeria on Tuesday with the participation of several leaders and presidents along with the UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki.

The inaugural session began with a speech for the Tunisian President Kais Saied who handed over the presidency of the 31st Arab Summit to the Algerian president Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

Other speeches were given during the session that was attended by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, including a speech by Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abul Gheit.

The UN Secretary-General also highlighted during his speech the importance of the upcoming COP27 summit hosted in Egypt.

He said that the awaited COP27 summit in Sharm El Sheikh represents a good opportunity for discussions between countries on the impacts of climate change

Guterres also affirmed that UN stance regarding Palestine is ‘clear’, and that he supports the two-state solution to achieve peace.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi headed Tuesday to Algeria to attend the 31st Arab Summit. The presidency's spokesperson pointed out that the president's participation is in the framework of strengthening ties and cooperation with neighboring Arab states, and Egypt's eagerness for brokering joint cooperation among Arab states.






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