French President Emmanuel Macron plans on visiting Egypt in the coming months, following an invitation from President El-Sisi. SeeThru Magazine reported that on the sidelines of the celebration of Bastille Day at the French consulate in Alexandria, Ambassador Stéphane Romatet stated that preparations are being made for the visit, which will include agreements between the two countries in the fields of security, economy, antiquities, and culture. This would be President Macron’s first visit to Egypt, who was elected into office in May 2017.
Ambassador Romatet added that relations between Egypt and France have recently witnessed development, emphasizing that maintenance of European security starts with Egypt, whose stability is key for the security of Mediterranean and of European countries.
The French envoy also pointed out Egyptian efforts to become a main player in the energy sector, recognizing oil exploration and discoveries in the Western Desert and the Mediterranean.
President El-Sisi visited Paris last October and discussed with Macron joint efforts to combat terrorism, the Middle East peace process, and the situations in Libya, among other topics.
Both presidents attended the signing of 16 memoranda of understanding in the fields of renewable and traditional energy, infrastructure, social security, and transportation, with El-Sisi meeting a number of French military manufacturing companies.
The French Consulate in Alexandria celebrated Bastille Day, the national day of France. Among the attendees were French Ambassador HE Mr. Stephane Romatet, Alexandria’s governor; Dr. Mohamed Sultan, the French consul; Mr. Nabil Hajlawy & wife, many navy heads, parliament members, consuls and the who is who of Alexandria’s society. The celebration fell two days before the FIFA World Cup finals day match, where France beat Croatia 4-2. Congratulations on winning the World Cup!