Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan hosted Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who arrived in Armenia on an official visit, in the government. First, a private conversation between the leaders of Armenia and Egypt took place, then the negotiations continued with expanded structures, the Prime Minister's press office reports.
At the beginning of the conversation, Prime Minister Pashinyan noted, "Dear Mr. President, I welcome you to the Republic of Armenia. You are the first head of the Arab Republic of Egypt to visit the Republic of Armenia, it is a great honor to host you.
Our government and people have a very warm attitude towards both the people of the Arab Republic of Egypt and you.
I hope that as a result of your visit, the economic relations will also gain great activity and charge.
Dear Mr. President, I welcome you again to the capital of the Republic of Armenia. You are welcome."
In turn, the President of Egypt said: "Your Excellency, honorable Mr. Prime Minister, thank you for the opportunity you gave me, your invitation, warm welcome and good hospitality in your country. I also want to thank you for the dynamic development that we are providing for strengthening the relations between the two countries.
There is mutual trust at the leadership levels of the two countries, it should be noted that such trust also exists between the peoples of the two countries. It enables us to ensure even more prospective development in bilateral relations. It applies to all spheres equally, be it economic or cultural. There are many opportunities for strengthening and developing multipolar and multisectoral relations. I am talking about both economic and mutual investment, high-tech, tourism, communication and electricity sectors".
Prime Minister Pashinyan noted at the extended meeting that they had an important conversation with the President of Egypt and discussed many issues of the bilateral and regional agenda. "Egypt is a reliable partner for us in the international arena, and let me express my belief that our trust will deepen even more with the results of your historic visit. Also, the warmth of our relations, I think, demonstrates our special relations in the context of relations between Armenia and the Arab world. Egypt is also a reliable partner for us in our relations and dialogue with the Islamic world.
Our relationship, this warmth also shows our attitude and our respect towards the Islamic world and civilization. An important practical result is also the agreement according to which we will assign our ministers to hold another session of the intergovernmental cooperation commission in 2023. I said that we gratefully accept the opportunities for the development of economic cooperation that you pointed out and we will definitely do everything to implement that agenda.
Honorable Mr. President, let me once again greet you and your delegation," said Nikol Pashinyan.
Abdel Fattah El-Sisi noted that the friendly atmosphere and warmth he felt during the private conversation with the Armenian Prime Minister speaks of only one thing, how much mutual trust and respect exists between the two countries. "Mr. Prime Minister, let me also say that all the points on which our discussions took place should be transformed into practical steps in a short period of time, and this should be demonstrated by the activities of the governments of our two states. The meetings of the intergovernmental commission can be convened as soon as possible and in the near future", said the Egyptian president.
Emphasizing the effective cooperation formed between Armenia and Egypt in international organizations, the Prime Minister highly appreciated Egypt's support to Armenia, especially in those organizations to which our country is not a member.
The Armenian side reaffirmed Armenia's support to Egypt in the ongoing negotiations on the free trade agreement between the Eurasian Economic Union and Egypt, which will provide wide range of opportunities to promote bilateral trade.
Highly appreciating the strong interstate ties formed in the last thirty years, the two leaders emphasized further deepening of interaction in various sectors of the economy, tourism, education, science and culture.
At the meeting, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan presented the steps taken to overcome the humanitarian crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh due to the illegal blockade of the Lachin Corridor by Azerbaijan. The Prime Minister also emphasized the fact of another violation of the statement of November 9, 2020 by Azerbaijan and emphasized the importance of the international community's attention and adequate response to it.
They also exchanged thoughts on the processes in the region and the world.