🌊🥘🏰 The Egyptian minister for foreign affairs and his diplomatic envoy have completed a very fruitful 2-day trip to Spain, where they met with Spain’s king, his majesty King Felipe VI, and a parliamentary representation headed by the president of Spain’s senate, Ana Pastor. Egypt’s FM and his Spanish counterpart also held a press conference where they announced the complete alignment and coordination between Madrid and Cairo regarding all political and economical matters.
👑 King Felipe expressed his sincere support for Egypt’s current comprehensive military operations which are working towards eradicating terrorism and all terrorist groups from the Mediterranean region. Spain signed a memorandum of understanding with Egypt in May 2017 regarding joint military coordination between both nations. This came during Egypt’s presidential visit to Spain in 2015. Spain’s king also stressed that Spain and Egypt enjoy a very warm relationship with some common culture and historic civilisation. The king promised to visit Egypt soon, after he was formally invited by the Egyptian president who sent a written letter delivered by Egypt’s FM to the king. The Spanish king expressed that visiting Egypt is very important for him as he is the only person in the royal family who didn’t visit Egypt yet, having his mother (queen Sofia) spending 4 years of her life studying in Egypt’s Victoria college in Alexandria.
🕊️ The Spanish minister for foreign affairs, his excellency Mr. Alfonso Dastis, expressed his gratitude for the important strategic relationship between Spain and Egypt, which is seeing strong coordination and partnerships on all-levels. He also expressed Spain’s will to strengthen the bilateral relationships with Egypt even more and to take it to a higher level. The Spanish FM stressed that Egypt’s security is an essential part of Spain’s national security and all the Mediterranean basin. Both Spain’s FM and his Egyptian counterpart agreed to have periodic diplomatic meetings (interchanged between both capitals, Madrid and Cairo) in order to implement and follow-up with all the bilateral agreements between both friend nations. Both Spain and Egypt agreed to increase trade and investment within the coming period, including investment in different business opportunities in Egypt, following the successful economical reforms implemented by the Egyptian government. Trade between Egypt and Spain has reached top levels during the last year of 2017, which amounted to a total of 2 billion US dollars. After their meeting, the Spanish FM accompanied the Egyptian FM to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid to watch together the football match between Real Madrid and Paris SG in the European Champions league.
🏛️ After the visit of the Egyptian diplomatic envoy to the Spanish parliament, the head of the Spanish parliament, Ana Pastor, expressed her extreme gratitude for the strong historic relationships between Spain and Egypt. She also expressed her gratitude for Egypt’s continuous support of Spain for preserving national security and continuous economical development. The Spanish parliament also announced its full support of the Egyptian military and its counter-terrorism operations in the region. During the following press conference, the Spanish parliament said that it will support the Egyptian positions and operations within the European parliament. Ana Pastor also accompanied the Egyptian FM for a tour of the Spanish congress.
🏖️🌱 The Egyptian minister of foreign affairs also met the head of the International Olive Council (IOC) which is the representative body for olive oil productions, headquartered in Madrid. The IOC’s head announced that Egypt will be the chair of the council during the year 2019. He also expressed the importance of Egypt in olive oil production which accounts to about 20% of global production, after planting more olive trees under a joint project between Greece, Cyprus and Egypt. The Egyptian FM also met with the president of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) where they shared their strategies for increasing the inflow of tourists to Egypt within the coming period. The president of the UNWTO said that Egypt plays a crucial role in global tourism with its important geographical location, it’s history and its civilisation. He also thanked Egypt for the continuous support of the organisation since its inception, being a founding member of this global organisation. Under the current government reforms and security measures, Egypt has seen a jump in tourist movements from Spain and other countries amounting to about 44% growth rate.
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🌍🇪🇺🇪🇸🇪🇬 🤝 This diplomatic visit comes in light of the strong bilateral relations between two friend nations and Mediterranean neighbours. Hand-in-hand always stronger … it is always a pleasure to see this European-Mediterranean strong partnership and coordination flourish with such good outcomes. Egypt and Spain have a shared vision of making the world a better and more peaceful place! 🕊️ Looking forward to welcome his majesty, King Felipe VI of Spain, and his family in Cairo’s presidential palace and the Giza pyramids really soon … always welcome to your second home! 💖