Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi attended, on Thursday, India’s celebrations of the Indian Republic Day, during the second day of his visit to New Delhi, alongside the President of India and the Indian Prime Minister.
On Thursday, the official spokesman for the Presidency of the Republic, Ambassador Bassem Rady, posted on his official Facebook page a video of the participation of the Egyptian armed forces in India’s celebration of Republic Day, in the capital, New Delhi, in the presence of Sisi, the Prime Minister of India and the President of India.
The Egyptian military forces played the national anthem during India’s Republic Day celebrations.
President El-Sisi arrived in the Indian capital, New Delhi, to participate as a guest of honor in India’s Republic Day celebrations, reflecting the great rapprochement between the two countries, and the high appreciation that India has for Egypt, according to what the presidential spokesman announced.
The spokesman confirmed, on Wednesday, that President Sisi held talks with Indian Prime Minister Naridar Modi, and Sisi said in a press conference with Modi, “It gives me great pleasure to join India in the celebrations of Republic Day, the day when the Constitution of the Republic of India began to work in 1950 to inaugurate your country.” Al-Kabir is a new episode of his great history,” according to the statement published by Ambassador Bassam Radi.
The spokesman quoted Sisi as saying, “During the talks, we reviewed the status of the relations between the two countries in the fields of trade and investment, and affirmed the continuation of work to increase the volume of trade exchange, and maximize joint benefit from the productive and export capabilities and advantages of the two countries in order to respond to the economic and social priorities of the Egyptian and Indian peoples.”-
Sisi added, “I also explained to the Indian prime minister the investment opportunities, incentives, and advantages available in Egypt, and the measures taken by the government to stimulate foreign investment. I expressed to him our aspiration to increase Indian investments in Egypt in various fields, especially in the Suez Canal economic zone.”--
According to the spokesman, Sisi said, “We also agreed to strengthen strategic cooperation between us in the fields of agriculture, higher education, chemical, fertilizer, and pharmaceutical industries, information and communication technology, and cybersecurity.”
Al-Sisi explained, “Cooperation in the field of defense was on the agenda of the talks, and strengthening cooperation in that field is the best proof of the joint will to launch a strategic relationship between the two countries. We also discussed the ideal ways to combat terrorism and confront extremist ideology.
Al-Sisi expressed his “looking forward to receiving the Indian Prime Minister on his next visit to Cairo as soon as possible, to complete our constructive talks, and to establish a new phase of relations between Egypt and India based on the strategic partnership,” according to a statement by the spokesperson for the Presidency of the Republic.
The President of India, Draupadi Mormo, received President Sisi, on Wednesday, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Republican Palace in New Delhi, and expressed her pride in the extended ties that unite the two countries, and praised the successful development experience that Egypt is currently witnessing in all fields and the major national projects being implemented, stressing her country’s keenness to Supporting and supporting Egypt’s development efforts in all fields, according to what the Egyptian Presidency Spokesman posted on his Facebook page.
While Al-Sisi expressed “Egypt’s aspiration to deepen and strengthen relations with New Delhi, especially at the economic and commercial levels, and to maximize the volume of Indian investments in Egypt,” stressing that Indian investments currently have a great opportunity to be present in the Egyptian market to benefit from the modern infrastructure in Egypt and to access from it to other countries. African markets, Rady confirmed.