Narendra Modi starts Egypt visit, first by an Indian PM in over 2 decades



Sat, 24 Jun 2023 - 04:49 GMT


Sat, 24 Jun 2023 - 04:49 GMT

CAIRO – 24 June 2023: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Cairo on Saturday in the first visit by an Indian premier in more than two decades.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli received Modi, who is making the visit to Egypt as per the invitation of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, at Cairo International Airport.

Modi’s delegation includes the Indian foreign minister, national security advisor and senior officials from the Cabinet and the Indian foreign ministry, a statement by the Egyptian Cabinet read.

Madbouli and Modi are scheduled to hold a roundtable today at the Cabinet’s headquarters in the presence of a number of ministers and officials from both sides to discuss aspects of bilateral cooperation between Egypt and India.

According to Indian reports, Modi will meet with President Sisi and Egyptian Grand Mufti Shawki Allam during his two-day visit to Egypt.

Modi will also visit historic Al-Hakim Mosque and Heliopolis War Grave cemetery to honor the Indian soldiers who died during the World War I and will interact with the Indian community.

The visit comes while both countries have been sharing strong political and economic relations, with Egypt being one of India’s most important trading partners in Africa.

Volume of trade exchange between Egypt and India amounted to $7.26 billion in the fiscal year 2021-2022, up by 75 percent in the previous fiscal year, according to statistics by the Egyptian Cabinet in January.

Moreover, more than 50 Indian companies operate in Egypt with total investments of $3.15 billion, securing around 35,000 direct and indirect job opportunities.

Sisi made a visit to India in January, becoming the first ever Egyptian president to be the chief guest of India’s Republic Day.



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