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Egypt’s Al-Sisi Visits Kuwait to Cement Economy, Discuss Counter-Terrorism Efforts

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Reem Leila

Sun, 01 Sep 2019 15:18 GMT

Kuwaiti and Egyptian flags were seen decorating the roads to Kuwait Airport ahead of the visit of Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, who arrived in Kuwait on Saturday 31st August, in a two-day visit to discuss issues of common interest, and to sign a number of bilateral cooperation agreements.

 During the visit, Al-Sisi met with Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad, the Emir of Kuwait, to hold official talks on boosting the bilateral ties, as well as over the latest regional and international developments.

During the meetings, both leaders discussed how to implement the mutual economic reform programme, which has enabled Egypt to achieve tangible positive progress on the development level, build advanced infrastructure, and improve the investment environment.

Both parties discussed investment chances available in Egypt in light of the advantages and incentives offered by Egypt’s new investment law.

The two sides also reviewed combating terrorism efforts, where they agreed to intensify and strengthen security cooperation between each other, to cooperate to confront terrorist forces that seek to sow discord and sabotage in various countries.

In his turn, president Al-Sisi praised efforts exerted by Kuwait to reach a political settlement with the existing crises in the Arab world, especially with regard to settling the Yemeni crisis, stressing the importance of accelerating the reaching of a political solution.

According to the official presidential spokesman, Bassam Radi, the visit also aims at increasing investments and developmental projects, as well as boosting cultural, educational, and tourism ties between Cairo and Kuwait.

 During the two-day visit, the president also met with the Speaker of the Kuwaiti Parliament, Marzouq Al-Ghanim, where both parties affirmed the importance of enhancing parliamentary relations between the two countries, and activating the work of the Egyptian-Kuwaiti parliamentary brotherhood committee in order to enhance cooperation.

Meanwhile, Al-Sisi, who met with Kuwaiti Prime Minister, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, talked about ways to enhance economic ties and increase joint investments in developmental projects, in both countries as well as to enhance ties in the areas of culture, education and tourism.

“Kuwait is ranked third on the Arab Tourist List who come to visit Egypt. Egypt receives more than 170,000 Kuwaiti tourists annually, as there are 64 weekly flights between the two countries,” Amr Sedki, head of the Egyptian parliament's tourism and aviation committee told 7Dnews.

During Al-Sisi’s meeting with Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, they discussed several regional issues of common concern, as well as means of strengthening unity among Arab countries, so as to overcome the enormous challenges facing some countries in the region.

During his meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Sheikh Khalid Al-Sabah, they talked about enhancing security cooperation between the two countries, in light of the common will in combating terrorism and confronting extremist ideology.

Al-Sisi's visit to Kuwait is the third one since he took office in 2014. The first was in January 2015, while the second was in May 2017. Egypt and Kuwait enjoy strong relations at all levels, including trade exchange estimated at around $3.3 billion. Meanwhile, Kuwait ranked fourth among countries investing in Egypt, the third Arab country, recording $4.7 billion, through 1,302 companies. Areas of cooperation include building and construction, industry, agriculture, and finance. Egypt and Kuwait also have conducted several joint drills intending to enhance military cooperation and exchange expertise.

Political analyst, Hassan Abu Taleb, of the Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies, pointed out that Al-Sisi’s visit to Kuwait mirrors the mutual solid and integrated social, cultural and political relations, which aim at fulfilling the aspirations of the peoples of the two nations.

Abu Taleb noted that close Egypt-Kuwait relations started in the mid-19th century, when Kuwaiti students came to Egypt to join Al-Azhar and other universities. “Relations gained momentum during the aggression by Saddam Hussein's former regime in Iraq against Kuwait. Hence, Egypt confirmed its rejection of the aggression and support to Kuwait, participating as well in the Kuwait liberation war, said Abu Taleb.

Before this, according to Abu Taleb, Kuwait backed Egypt during the 1967 aggression and the October 1973 war. It was one of the first Arab countries to send armed forces before the 1967 war to support Egypt in the Sinai liberation war. It sent a full brigade. With the advent of the June 30 uprising, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad affirmed that Kuwait will continue to provide full support to Egypt at the political and economic levels.

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