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Sisi, Lungu Discuss Regional Developments, African Security

Sisi, Lungu Discuss Regional Developments, African Security

Saturday, 25 May, 2019 - 09:45
FILE PHOTO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi attends a news conference at the end of an African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 11, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo
Cairo - Waleed Abdul Rahman
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his Zambian counterpart, Edgar Lungu, have discussed the regional developments and security in the African continent.

In a phone call with Lungu on Thursday, Sisi affirmed Egypt's keenness on more cooperation with Zambia in all fields, said Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi in a statement. 

Sisi said he is looking forward to continuing coordination with Lungu on security and stability in Africa, Radi said, adding that the Zambian President lauded the role Egypt is playing in Africa in light of its chairmanship of the African Union (AU) in 2019. 

Lungu also praised the continued improvement of his country’s relations with Egypt, saying there were wide prospects for further consolidation of ties.

According to Radi, Sisi told his Zambian counterpart that he was looking forward to continuing cooperation with him on security, stability and development-related issues in Africa.

Lungu, in his turn, expressed confidence that the Egyptian Presidency of the AU would bring huge benefits to the continent.

Meanwhile, Sisi inspected on Friday several construction sites at Egypt’s administrative capital outside Cairo.

Among the facilities the Egyptian President inspected were the culture and arts city, including the opera house, said Radi.

On Thursday, the government denied rumors circulating on social media that it had put a stop to construction projects in the new administrative capital over lack of funding and a labor shortage.

“All projects are being executed on time,” the government’s media office said.

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