A military contingent from the Egyptian Army will participate in the Republic Day parade next week where for the first time President of the Arab Republic has been invited as a chief guest.
Accompanied by a high-level delegation, including five Ministers and senior officials, Egypt President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi will arrive in New Delhi on January 24 for what would be his second State Visit to India.
President Sisi, who previously visited India in October 2015 to participate in the 3rd India Africa Forum Summit and in September 2016 on a State Visit, will be the Chief Guest on India’s 74th Republic Day.
He will be accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on January 25 and President Droupadi Murmu will host a State Banquet in honour of the visiting dignitary the same evening.
President Sisi will have a bilateral meeting and delegation-level talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on bilateral, regional, and global issues of mutual interest. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will also call on President Sisi with the visiting dignitary scheduled to interact with the Indian business community at a business event on the same day.
India and Egypt are celebrating 75 years of establishment of diplomatic relations this year. Egypt has also been invited as a ‘Guest Country’ during India’s Presidency of G-20 in 2022-23.
India and Egypt enjoy warm and friendly relations marked by civilizational, cultural, and economic linkages and deep-rooted people-to-people ties. The multifaceted relationship is based on shared cultural values, commitment to foster economic growth, collaboration in the fields of defence and security and convergence on regional and global issues. The two countries work closely at multilateral and international platforms.
Bilateral trade between India and Egypt achieved a record high of USD 7.26 billion in FY 2021-22. The trade was fairly balanced, with USD 3.74 billion Indian exports to Egypt and USD 3.52 billion imports from Egypt to India. More than 50 Indian companies have invested around USD 3.15 billion in diverse sectors of the Egyptian economy, including chemicals, energy, textile, garment, agri-business, retail, etc.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that the forthcoming visit of President Sisi is expected to further strengthen and deepen the time-tested partnership between India and Egypt.
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