Sisi: We look to boost political, economic ties with Abidjan

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Thursday said he is proud of being the first Egyptian leader to visit CAte d’Ivoire, adding that Cairo looks forward to fostering political and economic ties with Abidjan.

In a press conference with Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, Sisi hailed the key role played by the west African nation at present time in raising the concerns and issues of African states through its membership in the UN Security Council.

President Sisi went on to say his current visit to CAte d’Ivoire, which coincides with Egypt’s presidency of the African Union (AU) in 2019, is meant to strengthen security and stability, in addition to achieving development and prosperity for the two countries.

President Sisi noted that he held constructive talks with the Ivorian leader on means of boosting bilateral ties at the different political, economic and security levels, as well as exchanging views on several regional and international issues.

President Sisi said he agreed with Ouattara on the importance of broadening bilateral relations, through increasing trade exchange and raising the volume of Egyptian investments in CAte d’Ivoire, in addition enhancing cooperation in the field capacity-building.

President Sisi added he probed with his Ivorian counterpart a number of agreements in the areas of tourism, culture and health, with the aim of cementing cooperation between the two countries.

President Sisi pointed out that he discussed with Ouattara the possibility for making good use of the two countries’ achievements in the sector of infrastructure to link all African states to each other, with a view to establishing the foundations of trade exchange.

The two sides, also, touched on a proposal to form a joint committee to support the IT Infrastructure.

The two presidents talked about the African Union’s priorities in the current year and ways of pushing forward joint African action.

President Sisi said he agreed with President Ouattara to step up political coordination between the two countries on pressing issues in the African arena, as well as the files of common concern, especially with regard anti-terrorism efforts and the post-conflict reconstruction process.

The Egyptian president added that he exchanged viewpoints with the Ivorian leader on means of bringing about security and stability, besides backing economic integration’s efforts in the African continent.

At the end of his speech, President Sisi thanked his Ivorian counterpart for the warm welcome he received in CAte d’Ivoire, and invited him to visit Egypt in the near future.

Source: State Information Service Egypt