Courtesy Call on President El-SISI of the Arab Republic of Egypt by Foreign Minister MOTEGI
On August 16th, commencing at 09:50 AM (local time, 04:50 PM Japan time) for one hour, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs paid a courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Abdel-Fattah El-SISI, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, during his visit to Egypt. The overview is as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Motegi expressed his appreciation for President El-Sisi’s contribution to the enhancement of the bilateral relations and expressed his willingness to continuously cooperate with Egypt which plays a major role in the stability of the region as a regional power. In response, President El-Sisi welcomed Minister Motegi’s visit to Egypt and expressed his hope to further enhance Japan-Egypt relationship following this visit. In addition, both sides shared their concerns over the recent developments in Afghanistan, and shared the view to maintain close collaboration between Japan and Egypt, an influential state in the Islamic world.
- Minister Motegi welcomed the steady progress of bilateral cooperative projects, such as the construction of Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) and Egypt Japan Education Partnership (EJEP), and expressed his expectation for further developing bilateral cooperation. On top of that, Minister Motegi called for deepening communication through establishing a bilateral consultation among relevant parties regarding cooperation for the stability and prosperity of the region from the Suez Canal to the Red Sea, in order to maintain and strengthen a free and open international order based on the rule of law. In response, President El-Sisi expressed his gratitude and respect for the assistance extended from Japan and his willingness to move the discussions between both countries forward including the cooperation on the Suez Canal, touching upon the importance of an international order based on the rule of law. President El-Sisi also expressed his expectation for greater investments of Japanese companies in Egypt.
- They also exchanged views on the situations in the Middle East, such as Middle East Peace Process, Iraq, as well as on the cooperation towards TICAD8 scheduled in 2022 in Tunisia, and shared the view to enhance the partnerships in this regard.