CAIRO – 17 September 2020: Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el Sisi received a phone call, Thursday from President of the European Council, Charles Michel.
The call tackled a number of issues and dossiers of mutual interest between Egypt and the EU. Those include ways to enhance bilateral relations across all levels and coordination efforts with regard to regional dossiers, particularly in light of the imminent convening of the EU summit this month.
The discussions also touched on the various aspects of the institutional relations between Egypt and the EU, including their political, economic and developmental dimensions.
Sisi and Michel confirmed their keenness on further enhancing cooperation and dialogue so as to strengthen the two sides’ friendship relations in light of the common interests and challenges.
The two officials also discussed coordination between Egypt and the EU on a multitude of international and regional issues, particularly developments in the Middle East and Libya. There was an alignment in views with regard to the importance of boosting channels of consultations between the two sides, according to presidency spokesperson Bassam Rady statement.
President Sisi and Michel shared common views regarding the need to continue to work toward forging a comprehensive political settlement to the Libyan issue in line with international references, so as to enable the restoration of stability in the region and provide a better future for its peoples.
The call also reviewed prospects of trilateral cooperation between Egypt and the EU in the areas of development and preserving peace and security in Africa. This shall be taking place with a focus on the importance of ensuring continued European support for African countries to address the repercussions of the Coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic, notably in the health and food sectors. This is in addition to encouraging major European corporations to establish more investment projects in the African continent, and continuing joint cooperation to combat illegal migration and terrorism in Africa, given their threat to regional and international peace and security.