ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will undertake a three-day visit to the Arab Republic of Egypt from February 16-18 2021 on the invitation of his Egyptian Counterpart Sameh Hassan Shoukry.
His visit is taking place in the backdrop of the meetings between Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi; first on the sidelines of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Makkah Summit in 2019, and then on the sidelines of the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York in 2019.
During these meetings, the two leaders agreed to further strengthen the bilateral cooperation and enhance high-level exchanges. Last year, Prime Minister Imran Khan also had a telephone conversation with the Egyptian President regarding his ‘Global Initiative on Debt Relief’ for developing countries, which was supported by Egypt.
Pakistan and Egypt enjoy close fraternal relations firmly anchored on common faith, culture, and values.
The two Countries have similar perceptions on a range of regional and global issues. Their bilateral cooperation is advanced through strong institutional mechanisms including the Joint Ministerial Commission, Annual Bilateral Consultations, and Joint Business Council.
More than 40 agreements signed between the two sides in diverse fields provide a firm basis for enhanced cooperation.
Pakistan and Egypt also work closely in the multilateral arena, in particular the United Nations, OIC, and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).
During the visit, the Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will hold detailed consultations with his Egyptian Counterpart and call on other dignitaries. He will also interact with leading Egyptian businessmen and members of the Pakistani Community.
His visit is expected to further strengthen and diversify Pakistan’s bilateral ties with brotherly Egypt.
Egypt is an important Country in the Middle East and Africa. It plays a key role in the Middle East while its deep linkages with the African Continent make it a gateway to Africa.
In line with Pakistan’s desire to forge stronger ties with the Islamic world, as well as the government’s ‘Engage Africa” initiative, Pakistan accords high importance to its partnership with Egypt.