On the sidelines of the 74th UN General Assembly meetings, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met, in New York, with several world leaders including the French President Emmanuel Macron, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Lebanese President Michel Aoun, as well as Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
President Sisi hailed the strength of the Egyptian-French relations during his meeting with Macron, Spokesman Bassam Rady said.
On his part, Macron said that relations with Egypt are strong, pointing out to the cultural ties binding the citizens of both countries. The meeting touched on ways of boosting bilateral relations in several fields especially the economic one.
The two leaders discussed regional and international issues, particularly the Libyan crisis. In this regard, the two presidents agreed on the necessity of intensifying the joint work and international efforts to reach a comprehensive political settlement in Libya.
Sisi also praised the distinguished level of bilateral relations between Egypt and Spain, expressing his country’s intention to activate cooperation at all levels, during his meeting the Spanish prime minister.
The President also pushed for close coordination between the two countries and positions on regional and international issues of common concern, with emphasis on the importance of holding regular and periodic consultations between the two countries.
On his part, Sanchez expressed his country’s appreciation for the close relationship with Egypt, expressing Spain’s commitment to strengthening ties between the two countries in various fields as well as supporting Egypt’s efforts towards economic development.
During the meeting, the two sides agreed to continue coordination, especially in the fight against terrorism and extreme thought, through active coordination and sharing of relevant information.
Moreover, Sisi held talks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, praising the constructive dialogue that took place during their meeting on the sidelines of the G7 summit last August in France.
On his part, Johnson confirmed his commitment to boost bilateral relations with Egypt at all levels, praising the country’s economic performance during the past period. The British Prime Minister also stressed his appreciation for Egypt’s role in supporting and strengthening peace and stability in the Middle East.
The meeting also touched on the developments in the middle east region, in particular, the crises in Libya, Syria, and Yemen, aspiring to intensify joint action and international efforts to achieve comprehensive political solutions, within the framework of the United Nations.
The President also met with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, stressing the strong relations between Egypt and Lebanon at all levels, wishing the government success in meeting the aspirations of the Lebanese people to achieve further progress, security and stability.
On his part, the Lebanese President praised the distinguished relations linking the two countries, expressing that Egypt is a key player in supporting and maintaining stability in Lebanon and the Arab region as a whole.
The meeting dealt with means of enhancing bilateral cooperation, including the possibility of benefiting from the Egyptian expertise in several fields, such as electricity, infrastructure and energy projects, and the importance of enhancing trade relations pushing forward the volume of joint investments.
Rady added that the meeting also touched on the situation in Syria, as well as a number of Arab files.
Last but not least, Sisi expressed his gratitude for the strong historical relations between Egypt and Pakistan, during a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. He stressed his desire to develop bilateral cooperation with the Asian country in various fields, especially trade and direct investments.
On his part, the Pakistani Prime Minister praised the strong and distinguished relations between the two countries, praising the achievements made in Egypt over the past years, especially mega national projects.
Khan also stressed Egypt’s important role in the Arab and Islamic world in terms of consolidating stability and security in the region.
The meeting reviewed the situation in Kashmir, in Afghanistan, as well as the latest developments in Libya, Syria and Yemen, and efforts to combat terrorism during the coming period.