Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi arrived on Saturday to Kuwait in a two-day official visit to meet with Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, according to the Kuwaiti news agency (KUNA).
Both sides are to address regional and international issues of common interest. The pair also is expected to sign cooperation agreements to enhance bilateral relations, according to state-run MENA news agency, citing Egyptian Ambassador to Kuwait Tarek El Kouny.
El Kouny revealed that the official talks between the two leaders will be held on Sunday. He added that Al-Sisi will also meet with several top Kuwaiti officials during his visit, MENA reported.
The current visit aimed to promote bilateral cooperation across various fields.
Al-Sisi’s visit to Kuwait is the third one since he took office in 2014. The first was in January 2015, while the second was in May 2017.
Egypt and Kuwait enjoy strong relations at all levels including trade exchange are estimated at around $3.2bn.
Meanwhile, Kuwait ranked 4th among countries investing in Egypt, the third Arab country, recording $4.7bn, through 1,302 companies, according to Kuwaiti Minister of Finance Nayef Falah. The areas of cooperation include “building and construction, industry, agriculture, and finance.
Meanwhile, Egypt and Kuwait also have conducted several joint drills intending to enhance military cooperation and exchange expertise.
Al-Sisi visit to Kuwait followed his participation in the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) held in Yokohama from 28-30 August.
In Yokohama, Al-Sisi held meetings on Friday on the sidelines of the conference with CEO of Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation Takehiko Kakiuchi on the potential projects that are expected to be carried by the company in Egypt including the Underground Metro project.
Al-Sisi further met with Natsuo Yamaguchi, the chief of Komeito party, the junior partner in the ruling coalition led by the Liberal Democratic Party in Japan
During the Saturday meeting, Al-Sisi discussed enhancing cooperation between the two countries and on how to benefit from the experience of Japan in various fields, in particular, the education.
The meeting also touched upon bolstering cooperation in the fields of trade, investment and tourism.
During his speech at the opening session of the 7th TICAD on Wednesday, Al-Sisi stressed that Japan is Africa’s oldest strategic partner, adding that their relationship is based on cooperation and promoting development efforts in the African continent.
Al-Sisi added that he hopes that the summit could come out with tangible and viable results to increase cooperation between Japan and the African Union (AU) countries.