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Egypt seeks to strengthen ties in Latin America with visits to Honduras, Venezuela, Mexico

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Numerous official meetings urge Latin American countries to invest in, support post-referendum Egypt

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a number of statements Wednesday describing official visits by ambassadors to Latin American countries that sought to strengthen ties and foster new investments in Egypt. Visits and official meetings took place in Mexico, Venezuela, Guatemala and Honduras.

Egyptian ambassador to Honduras Dina Sihy met with Honduran president Lobo Sosa to discuss the importance of a diplomatic connection between the two countries. Sosa stressed the importance of Egypt as an international player both in its region and globally, while expressing his desire to strengthen ties between the two countries by promoting trade and cooperation in the field of tourism.

Sihy also met with Honduran Secretary of State Mireya de Corrales. De Corrales thanked Sihy for Egypt’s agricultural grant and the Arab country’s willingness to better relations between the two countries, citing increased cultural relations, which include an exchange of university professors and archaeological experts.

Sihy then met with Honduran Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Melvin Redondo.  They discussed relations between the two countries’ Chambers of Commerce and the entry of Egyptian products into the Honduran market.

Sihy then clarified the present and ongoing steps of Egypt’s roadmap as well as the current political situation.

In Venezuela, Egyptian ambassador Ayman Tomoum spent two weeks visiting heads of the four largest travel agencies in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas. Tomoum then travelled to Porto Orjas in the state of Bolivar to meet with the president of the Venezuelan Chamber of Tourism. There, Tomoum met with representatives from 14 travel agencies, handing out tourist pamphlets in Spanish and describing tourist attractions around the country.

He also stressed the safety of tourist sites across Egypt.

In Mexico, Ambassador Mohamed Farid also sought to strengthen the “historic ties of friendship between the two countries and the two peoples”.

Farid discussed the current political situation, stressing the “determination of the Egyptian government” and explaining the political roadmap put in place after Morsi’s outser. Farid discussed the importance of encouraging relations in the fields of trade, energy and tourism, while noting the willingness of Egypt to attract foreign investments, noting the potential of investment in Egypt’s economy.

The governments of Guatemala and El Salvador both sent their congratulations on the successful referendum that took place 14 and 15 January. The ministry’s statement says that Guatemala “congratulated the Egyptian people for passing the constitution,” saying that “it is an important step on the road to the future to achieve the aspirations of the Egyptian people,” noting that mass participation shows substantial support for the government’s roadmap.

El Salvador’s foreign minister Jaime Miranda also congratulated the Egyptian government on the broad participation that took place during the referendum, which “reflects the will of the citizens and allows for the continuation of the transition to democracy,” while “ensuring respect for the rights and freedoms of Egyptian citizens”.


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