Ahead of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi’s maiden visit to India, Egyptian newspapers have highlighted the importance of the trip by analysing the economic, political and cultural aspects of the bilateral ties.
Sisi, the 61-year-old former Commandar-in-Chief of armed forces, will embark on a three-day trip to India from Thursday.
El-Gomhuria official newspaper published a special page last Sunday that featured the historical relation between India and Egypt and an interview with India’s Ambassador to Egypt Sanjay Bhattacharyya, in which he discussed different subjects, including the economic, politics and cultural issues.
During the interview, the Ambassador said that India aims at supporting Egypt in different aspects and offering its experience in the fields of education, technology, science as well as the medical field.
He added that there are about 100 Egyptian students that come to India every year to study management.
The paper also explained the huge Indian investments and projects established in Egypt.
On its front page, Al-Ahram, the semi-official daily newspaper published a lead story about Sisi’s visit to India and then to China.
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It mentioned that an Egyptian delegation from the Ministry of Industry and Foreign Trade will visit India soon to discuss ways of establishing Indian industry area in Egypt.
The state-owned Akhbar el-Youm published a lead story last Saturday about the historical visit and quoted Saeed Abdullah, Chairman of the Trade Agreements and Foreign Trade Sector at the Ministry of Trade and Industry as saying that Sisi is expected to sign a number of agreements on the sidelines of his visit to India in different fields.
Rosa-el-Youssef weekly magazine also published a special coverage for a recent seminar held at the Maulana Azad Center for Indian Culture in Cairo (MACIC) on ‘India-Egypt Relations: Transforming Historic Ties to a New Partnership’ and quoted Bhattacharyya as saying that the presidential visit will boost investments between the two countries.
Sisi will visit India at the invitation of President Pranab Mukherjee.