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19 Feb 2020

Lukashenko arrives in Cairo for official visit

Lukashenko arrives in Cairo for official visit

MINSK, 19 February (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has arrived in Egypt for an official visit. The aircraft of the Belarusian head of state landed at Cairo International Airport, BelTA has learned.

As the president left the aircraft, he was greeted by Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister of Egypt Khaled Attef Abd El-Ghafar and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Egypt Sergei Terentyev.

On 19 February, Aleksandr Lukashenko will hold talks with Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The heads of state will review progress in implementing the agreements reached during the visit of the Egyptian leader to Minsk in summer 2019, as well as cooperation prospects in trade, economy and humanitarian affairs. The presidents will also discuss cooperation on the international arena, regional and global security. The talks are expected to result in a package of bilateral documents.

In the afternoon the Belarusian leader is set to meet with Speaker of the House of Representatives of Egypt Ali Abdel Aal Sayyed Ahmed.

Earlier Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Egypt Sergei Terentyev had given an interview to BelTA. He said that the work was underway on a large number of bilateral projects. Those were joint production of MAZ trucks, MTZ tractors, Bobruiskagromash farming machinery, Amkodor loaders, grain storages, MMZ engines, agriculture and food production, woodworking, science and education.

“Today we can say with certainty that Belarus is not terra incognita for Egypt. Any farmer in Egypt knows the word ‘Belarus’, because it is also the name of a high-quality and reliable tractor. More and more Egyptians see our country as a source of advanced technologies, including in industry, agriculture, healthcare and many other areas,” the ambassador said. “Of course, we should not rest on our laurels. Barriers in the bilateral trade remain. I cannot say that we have utilized all the opportunities to boost and diversify our exports. We believe that trade in services, in particular, in the hi-tech sector, holds a lot of promise,” the diplomat added.

This is the third visit of Aleksandr Lukashenko to Egypt in the history of bilateral relations. The Belarusian head of state had previously visited Cairo in 1998 and 2017. In June 2019 the Egypt president made his first official visit to Belarus. In 2015 the two leaders met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Thus, today Aleksandr Lukashenko and  Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will meet for the fourth time.

In 2019 the bilateral trade expanded 32% up to $142 million. Belarus export amounted to $116.5 million, up 40%. Since Aleksandr Lukashenko’s last visit to Cairo three years ago, the trade between Belarus and Egypt had totaled a third of a billion dollars.

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