Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly hailed the bilateral relations between Egypt and France in various fields during the term of President Emmanuel Macron.
Madbouly received Marc Baretti, the French ambassador in Cairo, on Thursday, and asked to deliver his greetings to French new Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne.
He stressed Egypt's aspiration for continued close cooperation between the two countries during Macron's second term, especially in light of the global economic challenges amid the Russian-Ukrainian crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moreover, the Prime Minister highlighted his visit to France last October, praising the results of the meetings he held with the heads of major French companies from various sectors.
"We greatly appreciate the participation of the French side in development projects in Egypt, whether through the French private sector or through credit facilities provided by the French government and the French Development Agency," Madbouly said.
On his part, Baretti expressed his appreciation for meeting the Prime Minister, affirming that France views Egypt as a pivotal country with which it has a long and extended history.
In addition, the French ambassador reiterated Macron's interest in strengthening relations with Egypt, referring to the existing areas of cooperation between the two countries after the development cooperation portfolio with the French Development Agency totalled around EUR 3.20 billion.
Baretti touched upon cooperation with Egypt on climate issues, emphasizing France's support for the upcoming Egyptian presidency of the COP27 conference. He also indicated that Paris is keen to partner with Egypt in the field of green hydrogen production and other fields of new and renewable energy.