Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and his Nigerian counterpart Mohamed Buhari discussed the impact of the Libyan crisis on the African coast and the Sahara.
The two leaders met during the Africa 2016: Business for Africa, Egypt and the World forum in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm El Sheikh.
During the meeting, they discussed ways to address the spread of terrorism in Africa and agreed that the current circumstances require more effort from all African nations in order to properly address this phenomenon, pointing to Al-Azhar’s role in confronting extremism.
Buhari expressed his willingness to support Egypt’s efforts to boost investments in Africa and renew African trade.
Al-Sisi welcomed the participation of Buhari in the forum, saying both countries should increase trade exchange between them.
Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry said relations between Egypt and other African nations are crucial for economic development, adding that the forum is an opportunity for African investors to review Egyptian projects.
“Africa is a promising market for investors, and all economic indexes show that Africa is achieving economic development,” Shoukry told Egyptian state TV.
The conference is organised by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). Egypt became a COMESA member in 1998.