Jaishankar will pay a two-day visit to Egypt as the two nations celebrate 75 years of diplomatic relations


New Delhi: In his first bilateral trip to Egypt, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar will begin a two-day visit to the African nation on Saturday to meet his counterpart Sameh Shoukry and discuss a range of bilateral, regional and international issues d ‘mutual interest.

Both countries celebrate this year the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

“The Foreign Minister’s visit to Egypt will provide an opportunity to review the full range of our bilateral and multilateral relations and to exchange views with the Egyptian leadership covering a whole range of issues of mutual interest,” said the ‘AME.

“The visit provides an opportunity to deepen cooperation and explore new initiatives in the bilateral partnership,” he said in a statement.

Jaishankar will also interact with the Egyptian-based Indian community, including students, and address a meeting of the Egyptian and Indian business community.

Egypt has been one of India’s largest trading partners in Africa and promotion of bilateral trade, commerce and investments will be one of the areas of focus during the visit, the statement said.

India-Egypt bilateral trade reached an all-time high of $7.26 billion in the financial year 2021-22. Indian investment in Egypt exceeds $3.15 billion.

More than 50 Indian companies are actively present in Egypt in various sectors like manufacturing, chemical, energy, infrastructure, retail etc.

In addition, Egypt has also been invited as a ‘guest country’ during India’s chairmanship of the G-20 in 2022-23.

India and Egypt traditionally enjoy warm and friendly relations underpinned by historical and cultural ties.

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