President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Egypt’s First Lady, Entissar Amer, received today, Thursday, HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, and his wife Princess Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at Ettahadiya Palace in eastern Cairo, according to Presidency Spokesperson Bassam Rady.
“President Sisi welcomed the British Crown Prince on his visit to Egypt, asking His Excellency to convey his greetings to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth,” Rady said.
Sisi expressed his aspiration that this visit would represent a new station in support of the historical relations between the two countries, taking into account royal visits are always remarkable and prominent signs that remain in the political and popular memory of both Egypt and Britain.
On his part, Prince Charles expressed his appreciation and gratitude for the warm reception and hospitality he received in Egypt, conveying to the President the greetings of Queen Elizabeth.
He stressed his happiness to be in Egypt again, and his keenness to visit it within the framework of his first official tour abroad on behalf of the Queen since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, in light of the specificity of the traditional relations between the two countries.
Prince Charles also lauded the pivotal and balanced role that Egypt plays in dealing with many international issues under the leadership of the President, as well as maintaining security and stability in the region.
Sisi and Prince Charles discussed a number of issues of common interest, especially with regard to combating terrorism and extremist ideology.
Sisi affirmed in this regard Egypt’s solidarity with Britain and its people in the face of ‘black terrorism’ following the recent terrorist incident that occurred in Liverpool, and to intensify cooperation to promote the values of tolerance, peace and acceptance of the other, in a way that undermines the extremist interpretations adopted by terrorist groups.
Moreover, Prince Charles praised the efforts made by Egypt over the past years in terms of confronting extremist ideas and combating terrorism. In this context, the President noted that there is an actual approach that has been established in the state’s dealings with the freedom to practice religious rites, as well as upholding the principles of citizenship, equality and non-discrimination among citizens. on any religious, sectarian or other grounds, as well as the consolidation of a culture of pluralism and acceptance of the other.
Prince Charles affirmed Britain’s interest in strengthening joint cooperation with Egypt in this context to benefit from its experience in consolidating the role of religions as an incubator for positive social development that develops the individual’s awareness of his role and duties towards his society, its stability and development.
The meeting also witnessed discussions on ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in a number of fields, especially at the level of university education and health, in addition to coordination on climate change issues, in light of the multiple initiatives sponsored by Prince Charles in this field, in addition to Egypt’s hosting of the next 27th session in 2022 of the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
The two sides expressed satisfaction with the tangible positive development witnessed by the cooperation relations between the two friendly countries in the current period, and the continuous consultation in all fields, whether at the political leadership or executive levels, including coordination to confront emerging challenges that jointly threaten humanity.