China, Egypt to advance comprehensive strategic partnership

China, Egypt to advance comprehensive strategic partnership

Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi ahead of the 2018 Beijing Summit of the forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

The two leaders agreed to jointly advance the China-Egypt comprehensive strategic partnership for greater development in the new era.

Xi said that china is willing to strengthen strategic communication and coordination with Egypt and safeguard their common interests.

He called on both sides to continue to support each other on issues involving their respective core interests.

Xi said china is willing to align the belt and road initiative with Egypt's vision 2030 and Suez Canal Corridor Development Project, promote pragmatic cooperation between the two countries, and enhance collaboration in counter-terrorism and security areas.

The Egyptian President said Egypt will continue to support and participate in the belt and road initiative and, as the incoming holder of the African Union rotating presidency, it will also continue to promote cooperation between Africa and China.

Stressing that development is what African nations need most, Sisi said the Beijing summit of the Focac demonstrates that china attaches great importance to Africa's development. Egypt fully supports china in hosting a successful summit.

Sisi said that Egypt speaks positively of china for upholding a just stance on the Middle East issues and is ready to strengthen coordination with china in multilateral areas.

After the talks, the two leaders witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents.