Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, met with Ajit Gupte, Ambassador of India to the Arab Republic of Egypt, at the headquarters of the Ministry of International Cooperation in the New Administrative Capital. Ministers, with the aim of enhancing various aspects of cooperation between the two countries.
At the outset of the meeting, the Minister of International Cooperation praised the great qualitative shift witnessed by the relations between the two countries, in light of the two mutual visits of the leaderships of the two countries, the visit of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to India in January 2023, and the visit of Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India to Egypt last June. These high-level visits reflect the desire of both sides to raise relations to the strategic level and open new horizons for cooperation between the two countries at all levels.
The Minister of International Cooperation referred to the Egyptian government’s interest in careful and continuous follow-up of the cooperation file between the two sides, calling for investing India’s excellence in several areas, including the pharmaceutical industry, software, support for the handicraft industry, small and medium enterprises, and combating poverty, by examining ways of cooperation with the Indian side. In the near future, by co-supporting the Decent Life Initiative and the “Hands of Egypt” initiative for handicrafts, as well as supporting the “Novi” program, the link between energy, food and water projects.
The Minister of International Cooperation touched on the meetings of the G20 Summit for the year 2023, to be held in New Delhi during the period from 9-10 September 2023, and expressed Egypt’s aspiration that the meetings witness constructive discussions led by India to support developing countries in their development efforts and enhance concessional financing for climate action in line with the principles of fair financing. , and support joint relations with the Indian side.
The two sides also discussed ways to expand the scope of joint cooperation to build capacities and increase investment efforts in human capital through the ITEC program, and ways to establish an Indian international training center in Egypt that would pave the way for tripartite cooperation between Egypt, India and African countries, and enhance efforts to exchange experiences and knowledge and expand training activities.
For his part, the Indian ambassador to Cairo expressed India’s interest in cooperating with Egypt in various fields, and looked forward to witnessing more cooperation in the coming period that will achieve great benefits for both parties.
The Minister of International Cooperation, at the ceremony held by the Indian Embassy in Cairo, on the occasion of the 59th anniversary of the inauguration of the Indian Economic and Technical Cooperation Program (ITEC), last March, in light of the government’s keenness to strengthen joint relations with all brotherly and friendly countries to enhance development and investment efforts in Human capital, as it benefited from the program in training and raising the capabilities of more than 1,600 trainees and cadres from various sectors.
It is worth noting that the diplomatic relations between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Republic of India extend for more than 75 years, and the relations are scheduled to witness a pivotal development in light of the signing of a memorandum of understanding to raise the level of joint relations by the leaders of the two countries.