French President to pay his first-ever visit to Egypt Sunday

French President Emmanuel Macron will leave Egypt on Sunday on his first-ever visit to the country since he took the helm in 2017.

The visit is of great importance as it comes at a time Egyptian-French relations are witnessing unprecedented progress.

The visit coincides with the start of the 2019 Egypt-France Cultural Year that was declared by the two leaders on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the inauguration of the Suez Canal.

The visit is the sixth presidential one between the two countries in four years.

Sisi visited Paris three times; in 2014, 2015 and 2017, while former French president Francois Hollande visited Egypt in 2015 to attend the inauguration of the New Suez Canal. In 2016, Hollande paid a state visit to Egypt.

The two leaders held a bilateral meeting in New York on the sidelines of their participation in the UN General Assembly meeting in 2014.

Egypt and French share close viewpoints towards many issues, including fighting terrorism, the Libyan crisis, the situation in Syria and Sahel and Sahara region, illegal immigration, the Middle East peace process and development of the African continent.

Trade exchange between the two countries increased by 21.8 percent in 2017 to hit 2.5 billion euros, according to data released by customs authorities.

Source: State Information Service Egypt