Pakistani PM, Saudi Crown Prince discuss bilateral ties

Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had a phone conversation with the Saudi prince. (Case)

Islamabad:

On Monday, Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had a phone conversation with Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman and agreed to boost cooperation in energy, investment and trade.

“The two leaders also exchanged views on issues of common interest. The two leaders reaffirmed their willingness to continue [strengthen] strong and long-standing brotherly ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia,” a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office read.

During the phone call, the prime minister and the crown prince reviewed progress made on decisions made by the two sides during Sharif’s visit to Saudi Arabia in April.

The two leaders “decided to accelerate ongoing cooperation in the areas of investment, energy and trade,” the statement said.

The two sides also exchanged views on issues of mutual interest, with the two leaders reaffirming their willingness to further strengthen the strong and long-standing brotherly ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

Recalling Saudi Arabia’s historic support to Pakistan in times of need, the Prime Minister thanked the Crown Prince for the economic and developmental support given to the cash-strapped nation in recent times.

During the phone call, the Crown Prince congratulated the Prime Minister and the people of Pakistan on the 75th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence.

Crown Prince Mohammed also conveyed his best wishes for Pakistan’s continued progress, prosperity and development.

The prime minister reiterated his cordial invitation to the crown prince for a state visit to Pakistan, which he graciously accepted, the statement said.

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India and UAE discuss bilateral relations

For the United Arab Emirates, India is the third largest trading partner for the year 2020 with an amount of approximately 27.93 billion dollars (non-oil trade)

For the United Arab Emirates, India is the third largest trading partner for the year 2020 with an amount of approximately 27.93 billion dollars (non-oil trade)

On September 2, 2022, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar called UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and appreciated his role in uplifting strategic ties between India and the UAE United.

Mr. Jaishankar, who is in Abu Dhabi for a three-day visit, also conveyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal greetings and warm wishes to Sheikh Mohamed, the ruler of Abu Dhabi.

“Thank you to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al Nahyan for receiving me. I conveyed the personal greetings and warm wishes of Prime Minister @narendramodi. I greatly appreciate his guidance in taking our comprehensive strategic partnership to greater heights peaks,” he said in a tweet.

Earlier, Jaishankar co-chaired the 14th India-UAE Joint Commission (JCM) meeting with his UAE counterpart, Sheikh Abdulla bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

Thanks to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al Nahyan for receiving me. Conveyed PM’s personal greetings and warm wishes @Narendra Modi.

We greatly appreciate his guidance in taking our global strategic partnership to new heights.@MohamedBinZayedpic.twitter.com/CnIEtKKaxU

— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) September 2, 2022

Jaishankar arrived here on Wednesday for a three-day visit to the United Arab Emirates to review the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

There has been a regular exchange of high-level interaction between India and the UAE this year.

Prime Minister Modi visited Abu Dhabi on June 28 and met with the new President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to deepening and further diversifying the partnership bilateral global strategy.

Previously, the two leaders also held a virtual summit on February 18 where an India-UAE Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) was signed and a vision statement was adopted.

The two leaders also participated in the I2U2 Summit which was held virtually on July 14. US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid also attended the summit. The new grouping is known as “I2U2” with “I” standing for India and Israel and “U” for the United States and the United Arab Emirates.

Bilateral trade in FY 2021-22 was around USD 72 billion. The United Arab Emirates is India’s third largest trading partner and second export destination. UAE’s FDI in India has steadily increased over the past few years and currently stands at over $12 billion.

The Indian expatriate community is the largest ethnic community in the UAE, accounting for approximately 35% of the country’s population.

The UAE is India’s third largest export destination (after the United States and China) with an amount of nearly $16 billion for the year 2020-21.

For the United Arab Emirates, India is the third largest trading partner for the year 2020 with an amount of approximately 27.93 billion dollars (non-oil trade).

Tanzania and Mozambique give new impetus to bilateral relations

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Dar es Salaam. Tanzania and Mozambique are planning to engage in new investment joint ventures as they seek to unlock their countries’ opportunities in agriculture, natural gas and the blue economy.

The Permanent Secretary of the Tanzanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East Africa Society, Joseph Sokoine, said yesterday that the two countries intended to discuss and agree on various opportunities found in the countries. respective ones and strengthen their partnerships.

“Over the past few years, we have collaborated on various issues. But now we want to stimulate the economy and strengthen partnerships in agriculture, natural gas and the blue economy, because Mozambique is doing well in these sectors. “, did he declare.

He made the remarks during the 15th Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation (JPCC) between Tanzania and Mozambique, where officials from both countries assessed the progress of their 14th JPC meeting held in 2006.

“Since we met 16 years ago, a lot has changed. So we met today to explore new opportunities and assess the things we did well and the things we didn’t do,” he said.

Mr. Sokoine pointed out that after the meeting, the two countries intend to conclude a new agreement of which they will sign the memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the future.

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Over the past 16 years, their cooperation has borne fruit in the areas of education and transportation.

He however noted that the 720 meter long Unity Bridge linking the two to the Ruvuma River has yet to yield the predicted economic opportunities for the people of the two countries.

“Thus we will see how we can reduce the non-tariff barriers so that the bridge is beneficial and improves the livelihoods of the respective countries,” he said.

Deputy director for Africa and the Middle East at Mozambique’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Societies, Ambassador Hermenegildo Caetano, said tapping into new investment opportunities could potentially boost the economies of both countries.

[Watch] 2022 China Film Festival to Promote Bilateral Ties and Features Malaysian Director Chiu Keng Guan’s Film

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The inaugural Chinese Film Festival 2022 will foster close ties between Malaysia and China.

Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin said the four-day festival is not just a platform for filmmakers and producers from the two countries to exchange ideas.

He said it also identifies opportunities for cooperation in the development of the film industry.

2022 marks the 48th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China. The Malaysia-China relationship is essential for economic reasons, cultural initiatives, creativity and innovation that become similarities and cross-cultural communication.

Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin on Malaysia-China relations through the film industry.

He said so in a recent speech at the 2022 China Film Festival.

Zahidi, also an MP for Padang Besar, said the ministry will continue to be committed to supporting local creative talents and ensuring they can penetrate the international film market.

Film collaboration is fertile ground for Malaysia-China collaboration – 2022 Chinese Film Festival kicks off in Malaysia https://t.co/CoEu5Kpnye pic.twitter.com/kgcu13UgY0

— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) September 17, 2022

Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Ouyang Yujing also graced the launch of the festival.

He noted that there is a long tradition of cinematic collaboration between China and Malaysia.

People have become more accessible and closer to each other through movies. Films help enormously to increase mutual understanding between people.

Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Ouyang Yujing on enhancing Malaysia-China people-to-people understanding and friendship.

The ambassador added that the films would let people learn about the history and extraordinary achievements of Chinese films over the past 100 years.

Quality entertainment

The 2022 China Film Festival, themed “China Film Centennial—The Inheritance of Films,” is taking place at Dadi Cinema from September 15 to 18.

18 excellent Chinese films and two Malaysian films will be presented to the public, including newly produced and restored classics.

The festival kicked off with the screening of On Your Mark, which marked Chiu Keng Guan’s directorial debut in China.

The film topped the Chinese box office on its opening day with RM8.7 million from 9,000 theaters.

Chiu is well known to Malaysians for his film Ola Bola, inspired by the Malaysian national football team which qualified for the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

Ola Bola wowed audiences at the 2016 Shanghai Film Festival and a Chinese producer approached Chiu with the script for On Your Mark

Each ticket to the Chinese Film Festival costs RM10 and each film is screened only once at the Dadi Cinema in the KL Pavilion.

Chinese films include Cliff Walkers, Hi Mom, A Writer’s Odyssey, Leap and The Wandering Earth.

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China, US should break current frosty bilateral ties through dialogue: Chinese Ambassador

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Chinese Ambassador to the United States Qin Gang said in a video address at the opening ceremony of the 25th Harvard College China Forum on Saturday that China and the United States should sever the current cold bilateral relations by dialogue.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Harvard College China Forum, a student-led conference that brings together some of the world’s most prominent thought leaders to discuss challenges, trends and issues affecting China. The theme of this year’s forum is “Extraordinary Times” and nearly 600 students, teachers and experts from Harvard University, as well as foreign Chinese students in the United States and business magnates from China and the United States States attended the forum, according to the Xinhua news agency. .

In his video speech, Qin pointed out that Harvard currently has more than 1,000 Chinese students, which is its largest international student body and a living example of social and cultural exchanges between China and the United States. However, China-US relations now face a bleak and complex future. “Dark clouds of misunderstanding and miscalculation are gathering, and the solid ice of the so-called new Cold War is solidifying,” Qin said.

Recently, China and the United States have clashed over issues such as the Taiwan question and the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. On April 5, the Biden administration approved its second arms sale to the Taiwanese authority in two months, an estimated $95 million package including equipment and services to maintain the missile defense system that the United States United had exported to the island. On April 9, US Senator Josh Hawley introduced the Taiwan Arms Export Act, which would expedite the delivery of critical weapons to Taiwan, US media reported.

Meanwhile, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen called on China to pressure Russia to end its military operation in Ukraine during the Atlantic Council in Washington on April 13.

Addressing the issues, Qin said the Ukraine crisis has prompted people to rethink the relationship between great powers and the international order. Qin stressed that the two sides should conduct more extensive, in-depth, frank and open exchanges and dialogues, and use the power of truth to break down misunderstandings and prejudices, stubborn political correctness and the current frosty relationship that serves no purpose. not interest. of both countries and runs counter to public opinion on both sides.

Qin expressed the hope that the forum would bring another round of brainstorming and help dispel the dark clouds of misunderstanding and misjudgment and that every forum participant would become an icebreaker.

“I think what Ambassador Qin meant was first and foremost that China and the United States should promote their relationship through dialogue and cooperation rather than confrontation,” said Xin Qiang, deputy director. from the Center for American Studies at Fudan University, to the Global Times on Sunday. “Secondly, it is inevitable that two major countries will have disputes. But the two sides should try to cooperate through communication, rather than imposing unilateral sanctions or penalties or challenging each other’s core interests to coerce the other party to submit.

Experts believe that Qin’s words reflect that on the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, the United States should not force China to be in perfect agreement with the United States. But what is more important is whether China and the United States can work together through cooperation and consultation to do something meaningful for the international community and global governance, to defuse conflict and maintain peace and stability while respecting everyone’s interests and concerns.

Huang Ping, Chinese consul general in New York, also attended the forum on Saturday. During his speech, Huang said that “although there is competition between China and the United States, the scope of cooperation is far greater than that of competition, and in many ways it is the cooperation that makes China and the United States achieve a leap forward in their respective relations.” international competitiveness. »

Huang noted that the most significant event in international relations over the past 50 years has been the reopening and development of China-US relations, which has benefited both countries and the whole world. He added that the most important event in international relations over the next 50 years will be for China and the United States to find the right way to get along.

Using a proverb, Huang said China and the United States should not “learn from spiders that make their own webs, but learn from bees that make honey together.”

India and Saudi Arabia focus on sustainability to boost bilateral ties: Indian Commerce Minister

RIYADH: India and Saudi Arabia plan to strengthen their long-standing ties through enduring initiatives that will expand opportunities for both nations, Indian Trade and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal has said.

On an official visit to the Kingdom on September 18-19, the minister met with his Saudi counterpart, the Minister of Commerce, Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Alkassabi, to discuss economic ties between the Kingdom and India.

He is also expected to co-chair the inaugural ministerial meeting of the Economic and Investment Committee alongside Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman.

Areas of collaboration between the two countries will include the West Coast Refinery Project, transoceanic grid connectivity and food security, in addition to encouraging green hydrogen trade, pharmaceutical and energy security.

“The economy and trade relations play a vital role in today’s world. My visit this time is aimed at creating this conducive environment, which will help businesses from both countries to engage with each other,” Goyal told Arab News.

“This will help expand opportunities for our young boys and girls, especially in innovation,” he added.

Convergence of vision

With the Vision 2030 plan aimed at empowering small and medium enterprises by paving the way for greater opportunities, India is playing a big role in fostering startups in the Kingdom through the Make in India initiative.

The minister explained that Saudi Arabia could significantly benefit from India-Saudi partnerships between startups and finance companies, gaining a better understanding of the market development of one of the major economies.

India holds the third largest startup ecosystem in the world, with over 70,000 startups registered with the Ministry of Commerce and 107 unicorns in the country, each valued at over $1 billion and collectively at $340 billion. .

“This ecosystem can grow in India, given the strength of funding and the support that Saudi Arabia can provide in terms of capital… We are not in competition with each other; we complement each other,” the minister told Arab News.

A key objective of the meeting was to accelerate progress on the Kingdom’s $100 billion investment in the growth of various economic sectors in India, announced by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in 2019.

The minister said: “Due to global uncertainties, some of our ambitious plans on investment flows from Saudi Arabia to India could not come to fruition, but given the commitment of both parties and of the huge opportunities in India, I now see him moving forward in mission mode.

Explore new synergies

Goyal highlighted the various sectors of opportunity for the fund, as discussed with his Saudi counterpart, including clean energy generation, startup ecosystem, food trading, semiconductors, pharmaceuticals and petrochemicals.

While India is one of the Kingdom’s biggest oil importers, Saudi Arabia’s economic diversification, including the transition to a non-oil economy and new paths, was hailed by the minister.

“At a time when fossil fuels are facing the challenges of climate change, efforts are being made to create alternative and renewable sources of energy. It is important that Saudi Arabia also engages in portfolio diversification to prepare the country for the future,” the minister said.

“[It] clearly shows that the leadership of Saudi Arabia is truly progressive, modern and visionary,” he added.

While the recent pandemic and the Russian-Ukrainian war have significantly affected most economies, India continues to be one of the fastest growing economies in the world, with a 7% growth in its domestic product. raw.

The nation has also mandated the Reserve Bank of India, its central bank, to closely monitor and rein in rising inflation rates.

“We showed a lot of resilience. Our handling of COVID has been widely appreciated. I must acknowledge and thank the Saudi government, the Crown Prince and the people of Saudi Arabia for their support during this time,” he said, thanking the Kingdom for providing critical supplies of medical oxygen to the nation.

Focus on sustainability

One of the greatest initiatives taken by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is his dedication to protecting the environment, fighting climate change, creating sustainable lifestyles and creating sources of energy. renewable energy.

The minister said: “Intergenerational equity demands that we leave behind a better planet than the one we inherited, and I think Saudi Arabia and India are committed to that. We will work together and ensure that that both countries are working towards a better future for our children.

India aims to produce 25 million tons of green hydrogen per year by 2047 as a first step to reduce energy imports. The country has also developed the idea of ​​a transoceanic grid, designed to harness solar energy and potentially distribute electricity globally.

“We have already launched studies to see how we can connect the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries and India through submarine cables and perhaps create a transmission network between the two regions,” he said. he declared.

The Minister hopes that the trade relationship will also focus on the food and energy security of the two nations on a larger scale.

“We envision creating a bridge between India and Saudi Arabia, so that Saudi Arabia’s food security becomes a responsibility that India will shoulder. Just as we believe India’s energy security is the responsibility that our Saudi friends can shoulder,” he said.

“I see this partnership blossoming under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi and His Highness the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, to very high levels,” the beaming minister added.

South Sudan vice president praises China for deepening bilateral ties

Sept. 7, 2022 (JUBA) — South Sudan on Wednesday praised China for deepening bilateral relations in multiple areas of cooperation between the two countries.

Vice President and President of the Services cluster, Hussein Abdelbagi Akol, said China plays an important role in providing services in the country.

“This afternoon, during the award ceremony at the Chinese Embassy, ​​for the 9th batch of Chinese medical teams in South Sudan, I presented certificates of appreciation to the team and to China as a whole for supporting South Sudan to improve its key education, health, economic and development sectors since independence,” he told reporters. in Juba.

The vice president made the remarks at a ceremony where he awarded service certificates to Chinese skilled workers and experts in various service fields and fields.

“We continue to recognize China’s contribution to securing our future in terms of peace, economy, education and health through capacity building, scholarships and logical needs. Now, China’s 10th Group medical team is expected to use the country’s political tranquility to improve services from where their colleagues might have left off as relations between South Sudan and China deepen. “, he noted.

Akol said the government welcomes foreign direct investment in all sectors, highlighting the historic relations between China and Sudan from which South Sudan seceded in 2011.

“South Sudan is open for business,” he stressed, adding, “We are not segregating. We welcome people who want to do business with us to improve our economy and the lives of our people”.

The official hailed what he described as China’s “no strings attached” political approach and economic cooperation model attractive to Juba and other African countries.

Experts say the number of Chinese nationals in South Sudan has increased dramatically since 2011. Beyond oil, Chinese companies are mostly found in a country’s infrastructure that needs services, ranging from roads, bridges , telecommunications, power plants, power grids, schools, etc. hospitals, buildings, among others.

Companies from China and other countries wishing to invest in the country register, conduct feasibility studies and write proposals. Although the Chinese government often plays a role in securing market access, private companies and small entrepreneurs are as much behind new investment as the state, some of which are associated with South Sudanese officials. .

(ST)

Bilateral ties with Nigeria are vital to India’s foreign policy

The Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Gangadharan Balasubramanian, assured that the strengthening of bilateral relations with Nigeria remains a strategic element of his country’s foreign policy because the two countries have much to gain from it.

Balasubramanian said this while commemorating the Indian Technical and Economic Program (ITEC) 2022 at the High Commission in Abuja on Thursday.

ITEC Day 2022 was celebrated in the presence of around 250 ITEC alumni and Nigerian dignitaries. The annual commemoration also provides unique opportunities for ITEC graduates to reconnect with one another.

According to the envoy, the program has been successful in Nigeria over the past 58 years as thousands of Nigerians have benefited from various fields such as defense training, ICT, science, technology and innovation (STI), renewable energy, and have had significant impacts and contributions on Nigeria. development.

He said the ITEC program is human-centric and in line with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision. He added that India’s development partnership is in line with partner countries’ priorities and on comfortable terms with partner countries.

He said: “ITEC was started by India in 1964 and since then we have exchanged various courses for our friends in partner countries including Nigeria and I am very happy to say that several thousand Nigerians have actually benefited.

“We offer around 250 slots in the civilian sector and around 150 slots for training, short courses in the defense sector and most of them have been used on a regular basis.

“So over a period of 58 years you can see how those numbers would have multiplied and we’re very happy to see friends in Nigeria who have done those short term programs, geared up and come back to contribute to the economy and development of Nigeria.

Jaishankar discusses bilateral relations, the Ukrainian conflict and the Indo-Pacific with his Egyptian counterpart The Tribune IndiaNews WAALI

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Cairo, October 15

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar met his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry on Saturday and the two leaders discussed a range of issues, including the Ukrainian conflict and the Indo-Pacific, and exchanged views on strengthening bilateral relations and the creation of a more resilient global economy.

Jaishankar is in Egypt for a two-day visit at the invitation of his Egyptian counterpart Shoukry.

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“A warm and productive encounter with FM Sameh Shoukry from Egypt. Reflected our deep-rooted ties as we celebrate 75 years of diplomatic relations this year,” he said in a tweet.

“As states actively involved in shaping global debates, we discussed developments in our regions and exchanged views on the Ukrainian conflict and the Indo-Pacific. A polarized world needs independent thought and voices of reason,” he said in another tweet.

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Jaishankar said Indo-Egyptian cooperation in multilateral forums remains strong and welcomed Egypt’s participation in next year’s G20, as well as BRICS New Development Bank and Shanghai Cooperation Organization. (OCS).

“Our political cooperation has been strong in the past. We have several establishments. Some of them have met regularly and some of them will meet. We also hope to organize a meeting of our counter-terrorism task force. But overall, we have always had a good political understanding, and today’s meeting and discussions, I think, have strengthened that,” Jaishankar said in his opening speech at the conference. press with his Egyptian counterpart.

He said the two countries have recently stepped up their defense and security cooperation and there have been discussions on how to work more closely together on the defense side, especially on defense manufacturing.

“Trade and trade have once again experienced very strong growth. Last year was our highest transaction volume ever – over $7.2 billion. It was a big leap. Today we checked that. We agreed that there are opportunities for even more growth. That we both need to work to resolve any market access issues that we each might have,” Jaishankar said.

“Investments have also been very positive. Indian companies have seen investments of over $3 billion today and we again have close to $1 billion in the pipeline. And we see many new opportunities. I shared with the minister some of what we’re taking away from industry, new opportunities here, especially in renewables. So in that respect we are very optimistic again,” he said.

The two ministers also discussed ways to improve air links and tourism.

Jaishankar said both India and Egypt are states of civilization and share a tradition of thought beyond their narrow national interests.

“We have always been interested in the world, engaged with the world, and again we have a history of working together. Of course, we spent time discussing the conflict in Ukraine and its impact on fertilizer, food and energy security. I shared my perspectives on the Indo-Pacific with the Minister. He spoke of his opinions. We discussed how to create a more resilient global economy,” he said.

Jaishankar also backed the Egyptian presidency at next month’s COP 27. This is why I gave the minister our full support,” he said.

“So overall it was a good day for our bilateral relationship. We can give our systems more guidance on how to proceed. I think it was a good meeting with the minister on international issues” , added Jaishankar.

Jaishankar also met with Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit and exchanged views on the regional and global situation.

“Thank you @arableague_gs Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit for the warm welcome at League of Arab States Headquarters. Discussion on stepping up engagement between India and LAS. Also exchanged views on regional situation and global,” he said in a tweet.

Earlier today, Jaishankar paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at the famous Al Horreya Park in the Egyptian capital. Gandhi’s bust was unveiled in the park in 2019 to mark his 150th birthday.

India and Egypt share a close political understanding, based on a long history of contacts and cooperation on bilateral, regional and global affairs. The two countries have worked closely together in multilateral forums and were founding members of the Non-Aligned Movement. The year 2022 holds special significance as it marks the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between India and Egypt.

Traditionally, Egypt is one of India’s most important trading partners on the African continent. Bilateral trade grew rapidly in 2021-22, totaling 7.26 billion, up 75% from the 2020-21 financial year, according to the Indian Embassy in Egypt.

India’s exports to Egypt during this period totaled $3.74 billion, an increase of 65% over the same period of FY 2020-21. Meanwhile, Egyptian exports to India reached $3.52 billion, up 86 percent, the embassy said on its website.

Currently, the Indian community in Egypt numbers about 3200 people, most of whom are concentrated in Cairo. There are also a small number of families in Alexandria, Port Said and Ismailia.

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South Sudan’s Kiir and Burhan discuss bilateral relations and security

October 5, 2022 (JUBA) — South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Head of Sudan’s Transitional Sovereign Council General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan on Wednesday discussed security and bilateral relations between the two countries .

South Sudan Presidential Advisor Tut Gatluak Manime said the two leaders also explored ways to enhance peace, security as well as economic cooperation.

“It was a courtesy visit from His Excellency, General Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan, to his brother, General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, Chairman of the Sovereign Council of Sudan, to hear him and update on the general situation in Sudan and South Sudan,” he explained.

Manime described the talks between the two leaders as “cordial and friendly”.

The Sudanese government, according to Manime, has distanced itself from the recent state of West Kordofan in which gunmen killed more than 19 South Sudanese nationals.

The attack happened in Muglad, a town home to several South Sudanese nationals.

“His Excellency General Al-Burhan assured his brother General Salva Kiir Mayardit that the situation is under control and that everything is back to normal. People have resumed their normal activities and investigations are underway to establish the truth and the government will handle the situation in accordance with the law,” Manime stressed.

He added: “This situation should therefore be left to the leadership of the two leaders at the level of the presidency. His Excellency the President also received a message of condolence from his brother General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan to the family members of those who lost their love”.

The Sudanese government, Manime revealed, has pledged to investigate the attack incident

On Monday, the Sudanese Embassy in Juba said its government cherished strong bilateral relations based on “shared history, common values, mutual respect, trust and the desire to establish strong bilateral relations between them in all domains”.

Relations between South Sudan and Sudan are improving following the efforts of the leaders of the two countries to open a new page of cooperation in the pursuit of mutual interest and benefit. In 2012, two countries signed a cooperation agreement granting citizens of either country the right to reside, move, seek employment, acquire, own and dispose of property without restriction.

Currently, Sudan is believed to host more than 800,000 South Sudanese refugees who mostly live in the troubled Darfur region in the west of the country.

(ST)