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Diplomacy

Modi holds talks with Egypt president El-Sisi, chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi with Egyptian pesident Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. (ANI Photo)

By: Shubham Ghosh

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (25) held wide-ranging talks with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, focusing on ways to enhance bilateral ties in a range of areas, including agriculture, digital domain, culture and trade.

The 68-year-old influential Arab leader, who arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday (24) on a three-day visit, is the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations on Thursday (26).

El-Sisi was welcomed by Modi and Indian president Droupadi Murmu at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday.

“Deepening our bond with Egypt — the natural bridge that connects Asia with Africa. PM @narendramodi and President @AlsisiOfficial hold talks adding momentum to the multifaceted India-Egypt relations marked by civilisational, cultural & economic linkages and deep-rooted P2P ties,” India’s external affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted.

The Egyptian president had visited India earlier in October 2015 to participate in the third India-Africa Forum Summit. It was followed by his state visit in September next year.

This is the first time that the Egyptian president has been invited as the chief guest to India’s Republic Day celebrations.

A military contingent from the Egyptian Army will also participate in the Republic Day parade.

India is keen to further expand ties with Egypt, a key player in the politics of both the Arab world as well as Africa. It is also seen as a major gateway to markets in Africa and Europe.

(PTI)

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