State Information Service – Egypt
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi asserted on Tuesday 10/12/2019 the need to enhance political consultations between Egypt and South Africa in the various issues of peace, security and economic development in Africa, believing in the key role played by both nations in light of Egypt's current presidency of the African Union and South Africa taking over in 2020.
During a meeting with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at Ittihadiya Palace, where a red carpet reception was given in his honor, President Sisi welcomed his South African counterpart as Egypt's guest and expressed keenness on promoting historical and brotherly relations between the two countries at all levels including the continental and international ones, Presidency Spokesman Bassam Radi said.
The South African leader praised the constant development in bilateral relations and asserted great appreciation of Egypt, its people and leadership.
The two sides tackled means of enhancing cooperation and they agreed on the need to hold the 9th Egyptian-South African Committee meetings early next year to probe aspects of cooperation of mutual interest, the spokesman added.
They exchanged views on the latest regional developments and files related to the AU. They praised the continued coordination between Egypt and South Africa on files related to the union over the past years, he said.
The South African president lauded Egypt's wise and active efforts to push forward common African action particularly as regards reaching economic integration and the continent's regional merger through focusing on infrastructure projects and launching the continental free trade agreement under Egypt's chairmanship of the AU, he added.
They also reviewed a number of issues including peace in South Sudan, developments in the Libyan crisis and the need to support the country's stability, he said.