President Sissi received at the Élysée to “deepen

Emmanuel Macron received his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sissi at the Élysée. This visit, the 18th by the Egyptian president to France since taking power in July 2013, is part of an expansion of bilateral economic cooperation.

France shares the same point of view with Egypt on the fight against terrorism and on a number of regional issues such as Libya, Syria, Lebanon or the Palestinian issue.

The Élysée still considers Egypt an important country for peace and stability in the Middle East. This country, like the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, is a “strategic partner” for France. According to a presidential statement, Sissi wants to “deepen this partnership”.

According to the Elysée, regional problems, bilateral cooperation and the means to strengthen them were on the discussion table. Issues of energy and food security against the background of the Ukrainian crisis were also at the heart of the discussions. Egypt is the leading importer of Russian and Ukrainian wheat and the impact of this crisis is hitting it hard. On the other hand, its gas exports to Europe have increased since the start of the war in Ukraine.

For the major infrastructure projects currently being carried out in Egypt, France’s expertise is needed. Bassam Radi, spokesman for the Egyptian presidency, expresses his country’s desire to “develop relations at all levels” with Paris.

In addition, discussions took place between the Egyptian guest and Bruno Le Maire, the French Minister of Economy. They focused on the energy field, especially renewable energy. Next November, Cairo will organize the new COP27 world summit on the climate in Sharm el-Sheikh.

This visit by “the West’s favorite dictator”, as US President Trump liked to define him, was an opportunity for human rights activists to call on President Macron to work for the release of the political prisoner Alaa Abdel Fatah, hunger strike for more than a hundred days.

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