President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi is set to commence his visit to Bahrain, China and Uzbekistan beginning on Thursday.
He will meet Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa, as well as several of the small Gulf country’s princes and senior officials. Together, they will discuss their bilateral relations, and ways their ties can be strengthened.
According to official Spokesperson of the Presidency Bassam Radi, Sisi will then head into China, to participate in the China-Africa Cooperation Forum. There, Egypt will feature prominently as one of the African states China hopes to join in a strong economic and political relationship.
Sisi will also visit the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) Central Academy, responsible for training Chinese officials and leaders.
Radi added that Sisi and Chinese President Xi Jinping would sign on protocols and Memoranda of Understanding (or MoUs) concerning the development of their bilateral cooperation.
Finally, Sisi will fly to a meeting with Uzbekistani President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, and several of the country’s officials, for a similar discussion of ties, protocols and MoUs.
Edited translation from al-Masry al-Youm.