FILE: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi
CAIRO - 1 July 2019: Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi concluded his official visit to Japan, where he attended the G20 summit held in Osaka, at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose country holds the current chairmanship of the group.
The President's visit to Japan witnessed intensive high-level activity at the G20 meetings. On the sidelines of the summit, Sisi met with eight of the world's most important leaders, and four senior international officials. The meetings has achieved significant outcome for Egypt and Africa at the political and economic levels.
Sisi participated in four sessions of the G20 summit, including a session on trade and investment relationship with the global economy, and a session on the digital economy and artificial intelligence. The president presented to the leaders of 37 countries attending the summit, along with senior international officials, the vision of Egypt concerning partnership between the two sides and the current challenges.
The president also stressed the joint responsibility in fighting against terrorism and countering extremist ideology. He highlighted Africa's right in a fair economic partnership, stressing that the African continent is qualified to receive investments, especially in the field of infrastructure.
Sisi held two collective summits on the sidelines of the G20 meetings, the first of which was a Chinese-African five-nation summit, which brought together Chinese President Xi Jinping, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Senegalese President Macky Sall, and Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres.
The second was a tripartite African summit that brought President Sisi together with the presidents of South Africa and Senegal.
The president also held bilateral summits with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman, Argentina's President Mauricio Macri and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Sisi also held side conversations and talks with other leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macaron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Moreover, Sisi held important discussions in Osaka with senior international officials, including IMF Director Christine Lagarde, World Health Organization Director Tedros Adhanom, and President of the European Council Donald Tusk.
Egypt is not a member of the G20; however, President Sisi is attending the two-day summit in his capacity as the chairman of the African Union. Egypt’s participation in the summit has been underscored for its regional importance, and vision in enhancing development of the African continent.
It is the first time for Japan to host the G20 summit. On the sidelines of the summit, Abe met with Sisi, where both expressed keenness to enhance bilateral cooperation in various fields specially education, culture, technology, energy, and transportation.