President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi received on Sunday Nicolae Cioica, prime minister of Romania, in the presence of Dr. Mustafa Madbouly, prime minister, Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Engineer Ahmed Samir, Minister of trade and industry, as well as “Florin Spataro” Romanian minister of economy, and ambassador “Mihai Stobar” Romanian ambassador in Cairo.
Ahmed Fahmy, the spokesperson of the presidency of the Republic, said that the president praised the historical relations between the two friendly countries, which have been inaugurated for 117 years.
The President expressed his aspiration to strengthen bilateral cooperation in light of the positive and constructive steps between the two countries in recent years, expressed by the exchange of high-level visits, notably the President’s visit to Bucharest in June 2019, the Romanian President’s visit to Egypt in October 2021, as well as the participation of the Romanian President in the World Climate Summit held in Sharm El-Sheik in November 2022.
For his part, the Romanian prime minister stressed the keenness to continue coordination and consultation between the two friendly countries in light of Egypt’s pivotal role in establishing the pillars of stability and security in the Middle East and the African continent.
He also expressed his aspiration to develop and strengthen Romania’s relations with Egypt in all fields, especially economic and trade, as well as exchanging experiences and encouraging joint investments in sectors with a competitive advantage in both Egypt and Romania.
In that context, the two sides agreed on the importance of holding the next session of the Joint Commission between the two countries as soon as possible, and discussed cooperation in the field of energy of various types, in light of the keenness of the two countries to diversify and secure their energy sources, especially in light of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis and the global challenges it posed in this regard.
The meeting also addressed a number of regional issues, on top of which is the Palestinian issue and Egyptian efforts to achieve calm between the Israeli and Palestinian sides, where it was agreed on the importance of intensifying efforts to find a just and comprehensive solution in accordance with the decisions of international legitimacy.
The meeting also discussed the developments of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis and its political, economic and humanitarian repercussions worldwide, and in that framework, the president expressed Egypt’s appreciation for Romania’s reception of Egyptian students who were forced to leave Ukraine and facilitate their return to their country.