Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi began an African tour on Sunday, which includes visits to Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal, after which he will leave to the US.
Spokesman for the Egyptian Presidency, Bassam Rady, said that the president’s foreign tour to West Africa comes as part of efforts by Egypt to intensify cooperation with fellow African nations and further strengthen its relations across the continent.
Rady explained that the visit aims to strengthen mutual cooperation on economic, trade and investment levels, as well as address priority African issues in the Egyptian foreign policy, especially in light of Egypt’s current presidency of the African Union.
During his African tour, Sisi is expected to hold an intensive series of bilateral talks with the leaders of Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal to discuss ways to further bilateral cooperation with Egypt and how to deal with the continent’s problems.
The president will also discuss the latest regional issues and issues of mutual interest, alongside means of cooperation to crystallize the efforts of the Egyptian presidency of the African Union, primarily aimed at advancing development and economic integration throughout the continent.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm