Tue, 13 Dec 2022 - 09:33 GMT
Tue, 13 Dec 2022 - 09:33 GMT
CAIRO – 13 December 2022: Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El Sisi arrived on Tuesday in Washington DC, to participate in the activities of the US-African Summit, according to Ambassador Ahmed Abu Zeid, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He stated that President Sisi intends to focus during the summit on issues of concern to African countries in light of the existing global challenges, to strengthen the African-American partnership to confront the food security crisis, and to facilitate the integration of African countries into the global economy.
Abu Zeid noted that the President's visit to the United States includes holding meetings with number of senior American officials, in order to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.
It is also scheduled that President Sisi will hold a meeting with members of the American business community to discuss ways to develop cooperation in the economic, trade and investment fields between the two sides.
On the sidelines of the summit, Sisi will meet with number of heads of state and government participating in the African-American summit, in order to discuss boosting bilateral cooperation along with regional and international developments.
In earlier televised statements Abu Zeid said that President Abdel Fattah al Sisi will have an extensive schedule during attending the US-African summit in Washington.
He added that the summit will include bilateral meetings and several opportunities for discussions among leaders in various sectors.
Abu Zeid explained that “this summit is the second of its kind, as it was held for the first time in 2014, during the presidential term of Barack Obama's administration.
He noted that the current U.S. President Joe Biden is showing a great interest in the African continent, in a completely new strategy towards Africa.
Ambassador Ahmed Abu Zeid said in his statements that The American side is keen to focus on the African development plan adopted by the African Union, “as it will attract a lot of discussions during that summit.” He added.
The spokesperson also confirmed that Egypt’s stances are mostly consistent with itself, regardless the partner we are discussing whether it was China or the United States, noting that there are several common issues to discuss during summits and meetings, including food and water security.
Regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) file, Abu Zeid reiterated Egypt’s commitment to reaching a binding legal agreement on filling and operating this dam. He noted that “there are some attempts by different parties to pushing the situation, however there isn’t any noticeable movement."
On the Russian-Ukrainian war, Ambassador Ahmed Abu Zeid said that the military conflict has changed the international system.
He pointed out that the Egyptian stance thinks that this crisis and its continuation harms many countries, mostly both Arab and African countries, which are not involved in the conflict, however, deeply affected with it."