PM Modi visits Egypt
After completing his one of the most succesful US visit Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was on one-day State Visit to Egypt at the invitation of President Mr. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. It was Prime Minister’s first visit to Egypt. He arrived on 24 June in afternoon and was warmly received by Prime Minister of Egypt at the airport and was also accorded a ceremonial welcome, including the Guard of Honor at the airport
Prime Minister had four major interactions. The first of them refer to the roundtable that the Prime Minister had with the Prime Minister of Egypt and his Ministerial colleague. This was extensive set of discussions on different areas of bilateral engagement and cooperation between India and Egypt, principally economic areas. This included the fields of renewable energy, Information, communication technology, areas relating to health and agriculture, areas relating to infrastructure partnership wherever required and other areas of bilateral partnership, in terms of what is the current status of that cooperation and also going forward what is it that the two countries proposed to do. That constituted a major discussion between the two sides; which was thereafter followed by an interaction with the Indian community in Egypt that included businessman, professional, and students and other people from different walks of life. The Indian community in Egypt may be small, but they are very vibrant, dynamic and an important part of Egyptian society here. After that, the the Prime Minister had a meeting with the Grand Mufti of Egypt, Dr. Shawky Allam. There the discussion focused on how exactly two countries could partner together in countering extremist ideology, on taking steps to prevent radicalization within the society, including radicalization of the youth population.
The Grand Mufti, had a very successful recent visit to India, just in May last month actually. And there he had a firsthand experience of an interaction with the strong and diverse, social and cultural fabric of India. During this meeting, the Prime Minister also announced that India will set up a Center of Excellence in the field of information technology at Dar Al-Ifta in Cairo, which is headed by the Grand Mufti. Thereafter, the fourth set of interactions which the Prime Minister had was a meeting with the cross section of prominent personality from Egypt. The whole objective of that interaction was how different constituents of the two societies, the prominent people who wrote, who are important in shaping narratives in the society can actually come together and build a more vibrant people-to-people exchanges between India and Egypt.
Visit to Al-Hakim Mosque
In the morning of 25 June , the Prime Minister visited the Al-Hakim Mosque in Cairo. Later, the Prime Minister had a program at the presidency at the Al-Ittihadiya Palace where he was very warmly welcomed and received by President Sisi. The two leaders had a private one-to-one conversation in which, following up on the visit of
Prime Minister conferred with the
‘Order of the Nile’
In a special ceremony at the Presidency in Cairo on 25 June 2023, President of the Republic of Egypt, H.E. Mr. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, conferred Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi with the ‘Order of the Nile’, the highest civilian award of Egypt. Prime Minister thanked President Sisi for the honor on behalf of the people of India. Noteworthy, Prime Minister Shri Modi is the first Indian to receive the award.
President of Egypt to India. The two Leaders discussed the full range of bilateral cooperation as also took stock of what’s happening on important issues in the region and in the world. It was very clear from those discussions and the MoU and the agreements that were signed later on, that the two Leaders gave particular focus on enhancing the political and security cooperation, defense collaboration, trade and investment ties, scientific and academy collaboration and strengthening of people-to-people ties.
‘Strategic Partnership’ between India and Egypt signed
Four Agreements/MoUs were signed during the visit of Prime Minister of Shri Narendra Modi. The first, the most important and the landmark development in the history of India-Egypt relationship was the signature on the ‘Strategic Partnership’ between them. This was signed by the Prime Minister and President Mr. Sisi of Egypt. In addition, the two Leaders also witnessed three MoUs one of them focused on agriculture and allied sectors. Second one on protection and preservation of Monuments and Archaeological sites and third on cooperation in the field Competition laws. The Prime Minister also extended invitation to the President for the G 20 Summit, which is upcoming in September 2023.
Visit to the Heliopolis War Memorial
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi visited the Heliopolis Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery in Cairo during his State Visit to Egypt.
Prime Minister paid homage to over 4300 valiant Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives in Egypt and Aden during the 1st World War.