Egypt’s ambassador to France: Consensus between Cairo and Paris regarding development issues in Africa, foremost of which is the Libyan crisis

Ambassador Alaa Youssef said – in statements to reporters – that the past years have witnessed more convergence and agreement in the visions in the positions of Egypt and France towards various issues and different nations, stressing that the two countries have a common vision towards the Libyan crisis that focuses on the need to restore security and stability, the exit of foreign forces and hold elections. In that country; In a way that preserves its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.

He added that there are identical positions between Egypt and France regarding the Lebanese file, as Egypt supported the French initiative to support stability, get out of the political crisis and form the Lebanese government.

He pointed out that the Egyptian-French cooperation focuses – also – on the African continent, as the two countries are keen to continue consultations and coordination on various African issues, including the Sahel issue, which is of great importance to the two countries.

The Egyptian ambassador in Paris said that the Egyptian-French relations have witnessed a remarkable development – over the past few years – supported by the exchange of visits between President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, which inaugurated the phase of the strategic partnership between the two countries.

He continued: The strategic partnership between Egypt and France focuses on several axes, the first of which is the bilateral relations and the extent of convergence of visions towards various issues, the desire of the two sides to push and strengthen relations, and implement various projects in many fields, such as infrastructure and transportation.
In a press statement, the Egyptian ambassador pointed out that French companies are currently implementing many projects in Egypt, including the Cairo Metro project and the new Monorail line, and there are also other areas and projects that are in the process of implementation. Such as cooperation in the tourism field, which is a major focus of bilateral relations between the two countries, especially since there is a case of intense fondness on the part of the French for the Egyptian civilization and visiting Egypt, especially the cultural sites in Luxor and Aswan.

He added that the two countries are cooperating – also in the fields of education and culture, as a large number of French education departments are currently being established in Egypt, noting that the French side is keen to finalize the project of the French University in Egypt, which will embody – in addition to Senjor University, which is a university. Francophonie – the great interest that France attaches to strengthening cultural, educational and educational relations with Egypt during the coming period.

He pointed out that the health cooperation between Egypt and France – which began many years ago with the establishment of the French Kasr Al-Aini Hospital – has also witnessed a remarkable development, pointing out that the French side is keen to support Egypt’s efforts in the health and medical fields, especially cooperation in the field of efforts to confront the Coronavirus pandemic. And vaccination and manufacturing, as the two sides are currently discussing the possibility of cooperation to manufacture anti-virus vaccines and other other vaccines, especially since Egypt has the infrastructure, factories and the necessary expertise for this field.

With regard to cooperation between Egypt and France in the Sahel and Sahara region, Ambassador Alaa Youssef said that France attaches great importance to developments in that region, especially after the killing of Chadian President Idriss Deby, stressing the existence of joint coordination between Egypt and France to follow up the developments of the situation in the Sahel region in light of the participation of an Egyptian force. Within the peacekeepers in Mali.

On Egypt’s efforts to support development and stability in the African continent, the Egyptian ambassador in Paris said that there is an unprecedented interest on the part of Egypt to enhance security, stability and development in the African continent, especially with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi assuming the presidency of the African Union, in which he focused on a large number of initiatives, whether to restore Reconstruction of conflict areas in Africa, as well as the Silencing the Guns initiative, which is an attempt to stop conflicts and defuse various crises.
With regard to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s participation in the “Supporting Sudan” and “Financing for Development in Africa” ​​summits, which Paris will host next Monday and Tuesday, Ambassador Alaa Youssef said that France views Egypt as an important partner in Africa and is always keen to coordinate with it in various fields. And African issues, noting that France is well aware of Egypt’s weight in the African continent and its keenness to support efforts for stability and security in Africa, enhance its economic growth and improve the living conditions of the peoples of the continent, which are key messages that Egypt sends to the whole world.

He added that President Al-Sisi was keen – during his participation in various international summits, including the Group of Seven Industry Summit and the G20 Summit – to focus on how to help Africa and provide the necessary means to implement infrastructure projects and other various development projects on the African continent, pointing out that Egypt and France They put forward the idea of ​​trilateral cooperation to develop and implement projects in Africa. The possibility of implementing joint projects with the French side in a number of African countries is being discussed.

Ambassador Alaa Youssef said that France – for the first time – is looking at the “Africa France” summit in a different way. As it is customary for those meetings to be like a summit of governments, but the summit scheduled for next Tuesday witnessed a different approach. Where France focused on making that summit a channel to express the positions of peoples and civil society in Africa, drawing inspiration from the experience of youth conferences in Egypt.
He pointed out that Egypt was keen to deliver a message to the international community of the need to extend a helping hand to African countries and their assistance in recovering from the repercussions of the Corona pandemic.
He said that all countries have suffered losses from the repercussions of the Corona pandemic, for example France incurred losses estimated at 160 billion dollars as a result of that pandemic, noting that France alone is not able to meet the needs of the African continent, but French President Emmanuel Macron is keen to extend a helping hand to Africa. During international events, including the Group of Seven industrialized and the Group of Twenty countries.

He pointed out that the “France – Africa” ​​summit – which will be held in Paris next Tuesday – will focus on how to support the efforts of African countries to confront the repercussions of the Corona pandemic.

Ambassador Alaa Youssef said that France decided to organize a summit on Sudan and support the transitional phase of that country due to its role in the Horn of Africa, indicating that the French side is keen that this summit comes out with two important messages: The first is related to international political support for the transitional authority in Sudan during this important phase and the importance of Continuing measures aimed at achieving stability and meeting the aspirations of the Sudanese people, in front of the summit’s second message, which is to discuss ways to alleviate Sudan’s debt with international financial institutions.

He added that Paris seeks – also through the France-Africa summit, which is held under the slogan (Financing African Economies) – to provide support to African economies to recover from the repercussions of the Corona pandemic, noting that the summit’s final statement will include implementable proposals and specific timetables to help African countries recover. Economic.

He indicated that cooperation with the African continent was a top priority for the Egyptian leadership. President El-Sisi participated in all African actors, including the African Summit in Malabo, where Africa’s view of Egypt, which presided over the African Peace Council, and the African Union changed, all of which confirm the extent of African appreciation for Egypt, its positions and policies, and the strenuous efforts made by Egypt to restore its position in the African continent.

He continued: Africa trusts the role of Egypt, which does not have any special agendas. Rather, it aims to extend bridges of partnership and development, enhance friendship and stability, and achieve the interests of Africa and the reconstruction of Africa, and the African peoples appreciate Egypt’s efforts.

With regard to the volume of investments between Egypt and France, Ambassador Alaa Youssef explained that the total volume of French investments in Egypt amounts to 5 billion euros, and there are more than 165 French companies operating in Egypt. It provides about 350 thousand job opportunities, and we seek to increase French investments in Egypt.

He added that he was keen to hold meetings with various French companies; During which he sensed a great interest on its part to discuss investment opportunities in Egypt, especially the promising opportunities in the Suez Canal axis, and to benefit from the potential of the large Egyptian market, which includes about 100 million consumers, indicating that the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Zone has strengthened France’s interest and the international community to benefit from Investment and commercial opportunities on the African continent.

With regard to the volume of trade between Egypt and France, Ambassador Alaa Youssef said that the volume of trade between the two countries is estimated at 3 billion euros, and we seek to increase it and open many areas for Egyptian products in the French market, especially agricultural products, and we will work to increase the volume of Egyptian exports to France during the coming period.

He said that officials of the French company Total – which is one of the largest energy companies in the world – showed interest in investing in the energy field in Egypt.
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