Sisi, de Sousa talk fighting terrorism, organized crime, illegal migration

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018 - 01:20 GMT

President sabdel Fatah al-Sisi (R) and his Portuguese counterpart De Sousa in the presidential palace in Cairo- press photo

President sabdel Fatah al-Sisi (R) and his Portuguese counterpart De Sousa in the presidential palace in Cairo- press photo

CAIRO – 12 April 2018: Egypt and Portugal affirmed their cooperation in issues of mutual concern, including fighting terrorism, organized crimes, and illegal migration, said President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in a press conference with his Portuguese counterpart Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on Thursday in Cairo.

President Sisi received de Sousa in Ittahdyia Palace, where they held a closed meeting. Both leaders discussed the latest developments in the war-stricken countries of Syria and Libya.

“Egypt adopted a comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy against this abhorrent phenomenon,” Sisi said, adding that both leaders tackled the Egyptian-European cooperation.

Sisi and de Sousa witnessed the signing of a number of trade Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs), including investments in the Suez Canal Corridor.

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President Sisi (R) and his Portuguese counterpart de Sousa (L) shake hands after witnessing the signature of a number of bilateral agreement- press photo


The Portuguese president hailed Egypt’s role in countering terrorism on the national and international levels, and in combating illegal migration. He also congratulated Sisi for being reelected for a second term.

De Sousa is paying a two-day visit to Egypt to discuss the enhancement of economic relations via signing economic agreements. This is the first visit for a Portuguese president to Egypt in 24 years. De Sousa was elected as president in 2016.

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President Sisi (L) receives his Portuguese counterpart de Sousa (R) at the presidential palace in Cairo on Thursday- press photo


De Sousa is expected to meet with Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayyeb, Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal. He is also scheduled to attend the Egyptian-Portuguese Business Forum on Thursday, with a number of Egyptian and Portuguese businessmen.

On the sidelines of his meeting, the Portuguese president will take a tour in Al-Azhar Mosque, accompanied by Tayyeb.

After his tour, he will give a lecture highlighting the relations between east and west, and discussing the ways to enhance the values of coexistence and dialogue between different cultures and religions, referring to Portugal as a role model for achieving coexistence among its community components.


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