Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi (R) shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) – photo credit Japanese embassy in Cairo
CAIRO – 12 March 2019: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received Monday an invitation from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to participate in the upcoming G20 Global Economic Summit, which will be held on June 28-29.
According to a statement by Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Radi, the president received the invitation during his meeting with Japanese Ambassador in Cairo Massaki Nuki.
Radi’s statement reported that the invitation reflects Egypt's position in Africa in light of its current presidency of the African Union as well as its vision of ways to strengthen international efforts to advance development endeavors in the African continent.
The Egyptian-Japanese relations have been significantly strong for years, especially after President Sisi came in power in 2013. In January 2015, President Sisi received Shinzo Abe in Cairo where the latter offered around ¥43 billion ($388 million) in loans to Egypt for airport and power grid projects.
In another meeting in 2016 with Sisi in Tokyo, Abe said that Japanese companies will take part in Egyptian projects worth about ¥2 trillion ($17.7 billion), according to Reuters.