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Sisi: Looks Forward to Paradigm Shift in Ties with France

Sisi: Looks Forward to Paradigm Shift in Ties with France

Monday, 21 January, 2019 - 07:30
French Minister of Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire. (AFP)
Cairo - Mohammed Abdo Hassanein
Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi said Sunday that his country looks forward to achieving a paradigm shift in relations with France, stressing that Cairo is keen to continue cooperation with Paris and boost ties in all fields.

He made his remarks following talks in Cairo with French Minister of Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire over economic ties and bilateral relations.

Presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement that Sisi expressed Egypt’s aspiration to maximize cooperation with France on various regional and international issues, especially the current crises in the Middle East, the repercussions of which extend to the Mediterranean region.

Le Maire is in Cairo in preparation for an anticipated visit by French President Emmanuel Macron later this month. It would be his first since assuming office in 2017, state-owned MENA agency reported.

Sisi had visited Paris in October 2017 where he discussed with Macron joint efforts to combat terrorism, the Middle East peace process and situation in Libya.

Le Maire stressed his country’s pride in the strong relations with Egypt as a cornerstone of stability in the Middle East and its keenness to support and strengthen them further.

Since Sisi came to power in 2014, relations between Cairo and Paris improved significantly due to French arms deals which include 24 Rafale aircraft, in addition to a Naval Group multi-mission frigate and two Mistral helicopter carriers worth 950 million euros.

Radi said that the two leaders discussed maximum cooperation in the health, renewable energy, transportation and logistics sectors.

Sisi highlighted the priority of economic and trade cooperation between Egypt and France and the enhancement of French investments in the Egyptian market, which represents a starting point for French exports to the region.

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