French President Emmanuel Macron arrived Sunday, 27th January in Egypt, starting his three days’ visit in Aswan’s iconic temple of Abu Simbel in the country's south, before heading to Cairo.
The French leader is accompanied by his wife Brigitte, and the French delegation includes Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, and Defence Minister Florence Parly.
Macron is scheduled to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday 28th January, for talks aimed at strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries.
During his visit, some 30 deals worth several hundred million dollars are expected to be signed in the field of transport, renewable energy, health and agri-food.
Egypt enjoys the support of France, which sees the Arab world's most populous country as central to stability in the region.
Macron was received upon his arrival at Abu Simbel airport by Egypt's Minister of Antiquities, Khaled al-Anani, and the director of the French Institute of Archaeology, Laurent Bavay.
The French presidency said shortly after his arrival that Egyptian archaeology has remained "at the heart of Franco-Egyptian relations" thanks to the pioneering work of French scholar and Egyptologist, Jean-Francois Champollion, (1790-1832), and in particular he was the leading decipherer of Egyptian hieroglyphs.