Monday, December 22, 2014

#Egypt's #Sisi to visit #China this week

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is to meet with top Chinese officials Tuesday, with talks to focus on elevating bilateral relations to strategic partnership levels

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi will travel to China Monday for bilateral talks that will give special attention to the economic relationship between the countries, Egypt's presidential spokesman said in a statement Sunday.

Egypt's state broadcaster said the visit will mark a new stage of relations between the two countries, "raising the level of relations to a strategic partnership that China has with few states."

El-Sisi is scheduled to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Li Keqiang and other high level officials, including Chinese Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng.

China is Egypt's second largest international trade partner, Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Alaa Youssef underlined, with a trade volume of $10.3 billion in 2013.

The visit will also discuss international efforts against terrorism and parliamentary relations between China's National Assembly and Egypt's yet-to-be elected House of Representatives.

The statement stressed the importance of China's participation in an Egyptian economic summit in March as a major investor.

Several memorandums of understanding and agreements in the fields of trade, transport, medicine, civil aviation and education are planned to be signed, the statement said.