Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met on Wednesday Portuguese counterpart Marcelo de Souza, on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA74), according to presidency spokesman ambassador Bassam Radi.
At the outset of the meeting, President Sisi hailed the distinguished bilateral relations between Egypt and Portugal.
He expressed Egypt’s keenness to boost cooperation between Lisbon and Cairo in various fields and maintain close interaction to maximize the utilization of potentials and opportunities, especially in sectors where Portugal enjoys comparative advantage including; shipping, port management, and renewable energy.
In addition, Egypt’s head of state underlined the importance of strengthening cooperation in the field of tourism and encouraging Portuguese companies to take advantage of available investment opportunities in Egypt, especially in the light of major national projects being implemented nowadays.
On his part, the Portuguese President expressed his country’s appreciation to the Egyptian leadership and people, stressing the depth of friendship bonds and long-standing ties between the two countries.
De Souza affirmed his country’s keenness to coordinate and intensify consultation with Egypt, valuing its key role in establishing the pillars of stability in the Middle East and the Mediterranean region, and its sincere efforts in combating terrorism, extremist ideology, and illegal immigration.
Moreover, both presidents tackled important regional and international issues of common interests, foremost of which; illegal immigration issue, as well as the latest developments in Libya.
Noteworthy, Sisi arrived in New York on Friday to participate in the UNGA74, with a busy schedule that included participating in a number of high-level conferences and meetings with world leaders.