Egypt’s Al-Sisi, Oman’s Sultan discuss bilateral cooperation, challenges to Arab region

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President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi met on Tuesday with Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tariq at Al-Alam Palace in Muscat on the second day of his visit to the Gulf state.

The two leaders held bilateral talks in which bin Tariq emphasised the value of the prominent Egyptian role in strengthening the mechanisms of joint Arab action in facing the current crises and challenges in the region, stressing that it is a model to be followed in maintaining stability and advancement of the developmental, economic, and social conditions in the Arab world.

This is Al-Sisi’s second visit to Oman since he assumed his post as president, and the first time he is meeting bin Tarik, who ascended to the throne in 2020. 

For his part, Al-Sisi praised the existing level of coordination and mutual visions between the two countries on issues of mutual interest, as well as the Omani-Egyptian consensus regarding supporting efforts to maintain the security of navigation, whether in the Arabian Gulf or the Red Sea. 

Both parties also shared views on combating terrorism and extremist organisations, affirming their mutual keenness to strengthen Arab action in a way that will contribute to addressing the multiple challenges facing the Arab Nation at the current stage, according to Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Rady. 

Rady added that the meeting tackled ways to enhance aspects of bilateral cooperation between the two countries, especially trade, along with economic and investment relations, especially in light of the results emanating from the Joint Business Council and the Egyptian-Omani Joint Committee, which was held in Muscat in January 2022.

They also exchanged views on a number of international files of mutual interest, especially the Russian-Ukrainian War and its repercussions on the region, along with the region’s response to them.

Moreover, the two leaders also exchanged visions regarding the upcoming summit between the Gulf states, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq and the United States, to be held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The two sides also discussed developments in Arab and regional issues of common interest, especially the Yemeni crisis, where they agreed on the importance of strengthening coordination between the two countries to support the unity and sovereignty of the Yemeni state and the safety of its national institutions, leading to a sustainable political settlement that ends the suffering of the Yemeni people.

Furthermore, th president also met with representatives of the business community and heads of major companies in the Sultanate of Oman, with the participation of a number of senior Omani officials and representatives of various concerned government agencies.

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