Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi met his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame during the latter’s visit to Cairo on Saturday.
During the meeting, the two presidents agreed to continue political consultations and coordination to advance bilateral relations.
They also reviewed the progress made during the past period to develop relations between the two countries at the political, economic and security levels.
The two officials also agreed on the need to increase commercial exchange rates, which have increased significantly over the past two years, affirming the need to exploit the enormous potentials and opportunities for cooperation of the two countries and to advance the economic partnerships.
Furthermore, they affirmed the need to facilitate Egyptian investments in Rwanda, confirming the role of the private sector in supporting economic cooperation between the two countries.
In addition, they discussed existing cooperation in the fields of medicine, communications, information technology and digital transformation.
Regarding the cadre development process, Al-Sisi affirmed Egypt’s commitment to continue using its capabilities and work to provide training and capacity building for Rwandan cadres in various fields.
The two presidents also discussed the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), with Al-Sisi again stressing the importance of fostering cooperation among all countries in the Nile Basin and affirming Egypt’s rejection of any unilateral measures. that would hamper the capacities of peoples, especially those who depend on this river as a single tributary for life and development.
Furthermore, the President stressed the need to reach a legally binding agreement on the filling and functioning of the GERD within an appropriate timeframe in order to maintain regional security and stability based on the rules of international law and decisions of the Council. of security.
The two parties also discussed security and development issues on the African continent, in particular terrorism, which constitutes a real challenge to Africa’s development.
In this regard, Al-Sisi reviewed Egypt’s successful efforts in the field of counterterrorism, noting that the country has established the Sahelo-Saharan Counterterrorism Center. He also praised Rwanda’s efforts in United Nations peacekeeping operations in Africa.
For his part, Kagame expressed his country’s great appreciation for the long and distinguished historical relations with Egypt, stressing Rwanda’s keenness to develop these relations in various fields, including trade and economic cooperation.
He also affirmed his country’s interest in maximizing the technical support provided by Egypt to Rwandan executives in the areas of capacity building as well as obtaining the support of Egyptian companies working in the field of infrastructure, in particular in light of the ambitious development agenda that Rwanda seeks to implement.
Furthermore, the Rwandan President hailed Egypt’s pivotal role in maintaining peace and security, praising the country’s efforts to achieve stability in Africa and the Nile Basin.
He also affirmed the influential role that Egypt plays within the African Union to strengthen the political and economic weight of the African continent.
As part of the meeting, the two presidents witnessed the signing of a number of Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) between the two countries.
The MoUs include agreements in the areas of information, communications and postal technologies, as well as diplomatic training, sports and youth, and museums.
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