President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi arrived earlier Thursday in Japan to take part in G20 summit, hosted in Osaka on June 28-29.
El-Sisi’s participation in G20 summit comes at an invitation from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose country is the current president of the summit.
The president will take part in this global platform, in the light of Egypt’s current presidency of the African Union (AU), and the deep relations between both countries, as well as Egypt’s weight in the regional and international arenas.
During the summit, the Egyptian head of state is scheduled to focus on various key issues of concern to the developing nations in general and Africa in particular.
Meanwhile, he is set to hold meetings with Japanese senior officials, a number of Japanese businessmen and heads of major Japanese companies operating in Egypt to enhance cooperation in various fields, including; trade, and investment.
The president is also scheduled to meet with a number of heads of state and government participating in G20 summit in order to exchange views concerning different regional and international issues of common interest.
President El-Sisi held a meeting on Thursday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the summit.
During the meeting, both leaders addressed bilateral relations that witnessed notable growth over the last years to achieve the best interests of the two countries, and their peoples.
They also agreed on the importance to continue consultations and political coordination concerning, different regional and international files of mutual interest.
Egypt and Japan enjoy a cordial relationship with strong economic and trade relations.
Japan considers Egypt a key partner in the Middle East. Both states’ heads have been known to support each other on issues relating to the peace process in the Middle East.
The two countries maintain a “Joint Committee” dedicated to exploring developments in areas of mutual interest to the two countries.
The trade volume between Egypt and Japan increased by 30.5 percent in 2018, reaching about $1.26 billion, compared to $969 million in 2017, according to Egypt’s Trade Minister, Amr Nassar.
The 2019 G20 summit will be the 14th meeting of the group. It will be held on 28-29 June at the International Exhibition Center in Osaka.
It will be the first G20 summit to be hosted in Japan.
The G20 membership comprises a mix of the world’s largest advanced and emerging economies, which represent two-thirds of the world’s population.
The members of G20 are: Japan, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, China, Germany, France, Italy, India, South Korea, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, the United states (US), the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom (UK).