Portuguese foreign minister Augusto Santos Silva affirmed his country’s support for Egypt in its efforts to fight terrorism.
During a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, Silva said that his visit to Egypt aims to boost strategic and business relations.
“We have to acknowledge the role Egypt plays in supporting the security of this region, which has an impact on the security of Europe,” Silva said.
Shoukry said that terrorism is a danger that threatens the entire world, adding that the international community must work to face this phenomenon.
Both sides also spoke about the Libyan crisis, which is a major concern for the European Union.
“We are also concerned about the stabilisation of Libya,” Silva said, adding that his country is supporting the new government of Libya to build its security forces.
Egypt and Portugal also signed an agreement to cooperate in investment sectors.
“This agreement will enforce the marketing of benefits both countries are offering to investors, and will encourage the investors to work in both countries,” said Mohammed Khodier, the head of the Egyptian General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI), in a statement.
Silva invited Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to visit Portugal to further discuss collaboration on a number of issues.