President Abdel Fattah El Sisi headed today, Monday, to the Hungarian capital Budapest to take part in the Visegrád Group Summit, according to Presidency Spokesperson Bassam Rady.
The Visegrád Group, or European Quartet, is a cultural and political alliance of four countries of Central Europe. They all are members of the EU and of NATO.
The four countries are Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. The alliance aims at advancing co-operation in the military, cultural, economic, and energy matters with one another and to further their integration to the EU.
Sisi’s participation in a summit with the “Visegrád” group comes for the second time after 2017, as it reflects the keenness of the two sides to develop relations and discuss various issues of common interest.
The summit is scheduled to address a number of topics, most notably Egypt’s role in the Middle East, cooperation in the field of combating terrorism and illegal immigration, energy security, and discussing opportunities to develop trade, investment and tourism relations between the two sides, as well as ways to develop cooperation between Egypt and the European Union.
“President Sisi’s visit to Budapest will also witness intense bilateral talks with senior Hungarian officials, led by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Hungarian President János Áder, to discuss strengthening political and economic relations, as well as cooperation and coordination on at the international and regional levels,” added Rady.