Negotiations with Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

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Belarus and Egypt will work out a roadmap document to advance bilateral cooperation across the board. This is the result of the talks of Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko and Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo on 15 January.

“We attach a lot of importance to the advancement of mutually beneficial partnering relations with Egypt. The fact that a major Belarusian delegation has come to Cairo in the run-up to the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our countries testifies to that,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The heads of state had fruitful negotiations and agreed to further step up trade and economic ties, increase Belarus’ export taking into account Egypt’s needs, and establish bilateral manufacturing cooperation using Belarusian technologies and experience. “Belarus supports Egypt’s interest in creating a free trade zone with the Eurasian Economic Union and is ready to assist with the matter. We also intend to expand contacts in humanitarian affairs, including science, education, healthcare, culture, tourism, and sport,” the Belarusian President noted.

The participants of the meeting agreed that the members of the Belarus-Egypt intergovernmental commission will gather in Minsk soon in order to work out an action plan, a roadmap for the future.

The negotiations of the two heads of state also focused on the foreign policy and interaction in the international arena. Aleksandr Lukashenko underlined that Belarus thinks highly of Egypt’s policy, which is aimed at ensuring security in the region and bolstering the country’s standing in the international scene. “Together with the president we have confirmed the affinity of our views on key items on the international agenda. Belarus intends to continue stepping up interaction with Egypt in this area. Particularly taking into account the important role that your country plays as a member of the UN Security Council,” the head of state said.

The Belarus President stressed that the Egyptian nation is lucky because “a true and manly person has become the president in Egypt.” “It is necessary to do everything to implement his policies, to protect and preserve the Egyptian nation. In order to reach the goal, you can count on Belarus. We will always be with you. We are ready to shoulder your burdens. If we strike a deal, we will never fail you. It is a distinguishing trait of our country’s behavior in the international scene,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “We have always been concrete and obliging people. We will put together the roadmap and the action plan and will definitely implement them.”

As a result of the talks the sides signed a memorandum of understanding between the culture ministries, a memorandum on cooperation in agriculture, a memorandum of understanding in military and technical cooperation, a memorandum of understanding and cooperation in the protection and rational use of water resources. Apart from that, a roadmap was signed to implement the memorandum on cooperation between Minsk Oblast and South Sinai in trade, economic, social, and cultural affairs. The sides also signed an agreement on extradition and an agreement on mutual legal aid in civil and economic cases, and an agreement on cooperation in physical training and sport.

The heads of state also signed a joint declaration, which underscores the mutual desire to bolster Belarusian-Egyptian relations.

Aleksandr Lukashenko also pointed out that all the documents signed on 15 January are meant to bolster relations between Belarus and Egypt. They will play an important role in building up the bilateral relations. “We think highly of the negotiations. I have invited my friend and colleague — the president of Egypt — to visit Minsk at a time of his convenience. We will be pleased to welcome him in Minsk and will demonstrate everything we are capable of for the sake of your beautiful country with a long history as well as your hardworking people,” the Belarusian leader concluded.