Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday received a telephone call from French President Emmanuel Macron, which according to Presidential spokesman Bassam Rady discussed bilateral relations between the two countries.
Rady added the call also involved discussions on international and regional issues of shared concern.
During the call, the French president keenly stressed his country’s desire to strengthen their historical friendship between Egypt, especially given Egypt’s important role in maintaining peace and stability in the Middle East and Mediterranean region.
President Sisi shared the desire to strengthen ties with France and develop it further across various fields, in light of Egypt’s recent and steady growth in many fields which contributes to the common interests of both countries.
Earlier on Sunday, Sisi met with France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire for economic talks. The meeting discussed maximizing the partnership between the two countries, particularly within the sectors of health, new and renewable energy, transport and logistics.
Sisi highlighted the priority of economic and trade cooperation between the two countries and increasing the volume of French investments into the Egyptian market, following the positive results achieved by Egypt’s comprehensive economic reform program.
He added that the promising Egyptian market represents a starting point for French exports into various other markets in the region, and provides huge investment opportunities for the French business sector in Egyptian national projects such as the various new cities being constructed and the Suez Canal.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm