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President El-Sisi's visit to US to participate in US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington

Tuesday، 13 December 2022 - 12:00 AM

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi arrived in Washington Tuesday 13/12/2022 to participate in the 2022 US-Africa Leaders Summit, which is hosted by US President Joe Biden for three days with the participation of 49 African leaders.

The President was received by senior American statesmen and members of the Egyptian Embassy in Washington.

The Egyptian community in Washington was also keen to receive the President.

The president intends to focus during the summit on issues of concern to African countries in light of the current global challenges. He will focus as well on strengthening the African-US partnership to confront the global food security crisis, facilitate the integration of African countries into the global economy, bolster opportunities to achieve economic growth, transfer technology and increase foreign investment.

The agenda of the president's visit to the US includes holding meetings with a number of senior US officials to discuss ways to strengthen relations between the two countries for the benefit of their peoples, as well as continue consultations and coordination on regional and international files of mutual concern.

According to the agenda of the president's visit to the US, President El-Sisi is scheduled to meet with leading figures of the business community in the US to probe ways to enhance cooperation in the economic, trade and investment fields.

President El-Sisi is also set to meet on the sidelines of the summit with a number of heads of state and government for cooperation talks and to exchange views on various regional and international issues.

Activities of Egypt’s Participation


President El-Sisi Participates in a Working Breakfast with U.S. Republican Leaders

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi participated in a working breakfast with a number of U.S. Republican leaders at his residence in Washington.

President El-Sisi stressed the strategic and strong Egyptian–American relations. He emphasized Egypt’s appreciation for the role played by the United States House of Representatives in strengthening the partnership between the two countries. The President also expressed that Egypt looks forward to further strengthening this partnership in various areas of bilateral cooperation, within a framework of mutual respect and common interest.

In addition, President El-Sisi expressed keenness to communicate with the various decision-making circles in the United States in regards to coordination and consultation between the two friendly countries on various issues.

The U.S. Republican leaders expressed that they were honored to meet President El-Sisi, stressing that Egypt is a major ally of the United States in the Middle East. They also expressed their appreciation for Egypt's pivotal role as a pillar of security and stability in the Middle East, the Mediterranean Basin and the African continent. They also commended Egypt's successful efforts in confronting the threat of terrorism and extremist ideology and establishing concepts of religious tolerance. In this regard, the Republican leaders lauded the proportionate and balanced actions Egypt takes under the leadership of the President to find solutions to the many crises in the region.

A discussion was held between President El-Sisi and the Republican leaders who were keen to listen to his visions on the overall regional situation in the Middle East and international issues of common concern.

The meeting also discussed the developments in the issue of the Renaissance Dam. President El-Sisi affirmed Egypt's firm position, which aims to preserve Egypt’s water security by reaching a legally binding agreement on the rules for filling and operating the dam to ensure the natural, historical flow of Nile water to Egypt. It was noted that the fact that Egypt totally relies on the Nile River for its water supply should be taken into consideration. The U.S. House of Representatives members expressed they fully understand Egypt's concerns and its stance on this sensitive issue that is related to Egyptian national security.

President El-Sisi Meets Members of the Congressional Friends of Egypt Caucus

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with members of the Congressional Friends of Egypt Caucus, from both the Republican and Democratic Parties, at his residence in Washington D.C.

President El-Sisi underscored the decades-long strategic relations between Egypt and the U.S. The President reiterated Egypt’s commitment to further strengthening all aspects of these relations, within a framework of mutual respect and joint interests, particularly in light of the turbulent regional situation in the Middle East and the escalating challenges it poses. Those include primarily instability and the growing threat of terrorism, which have affected several countries. This is in addition to the negative repercussions on the economy and the energy and food security, which resulted from numerous and successive global crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, which necessitates concerted efforts to address their repercussions.

The members of the Congressional Friends of Egypt Caucus valued the profound cooperation between Egypt and the U.S., stressing the huge importance the U.S. places on its relationship with Egypt. They confirmed that Egypt is considered a cornerstone for security and stability in the Middle East and the Arab world, and is a pivotal partner of the U.S. in the region. The members of the Congressional Friends of Egypt Caucus expressed immense appreciation for Egypt’s successful and vigorous role, under the leadership of President El-Sisi, in combating terrorism and extremist ideology, rectifying the religious discourse, and establishing the noble concepts and values of freedom of belief, tolerance and acceptance of the other. The US Congressmen emphasized to President El-Sisi that the U.S. will not forget Egypt’s credit in opening the door of peace and spreading the culture of co-existence in the Middle East region.

The meeting discussed ways to foster closer bilateral relations in a multitude of fields, and recent developments on the regional and international arenas, particularly the latest in the Palestinian issue. The US Congressmen lauded Egypt’s efforts in support of the peace process. President El-Sisi reiterated Egypt’s unwavering position in this regard, namely to reach a just and comprehensive solution that ensures the rights of the Palestinian people in accordance with international references, which opens-up broader prospects for peaceful co-existence and cooperation among all peoples of the region.

President El-Sisi Meets the U.S. Secretary of State in Washington D.C.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Secretary of State welcomed President El-Sisi’s visit to Washington, D.C., which comes to further strengthen relations between the two countries and their peoples in a positive and constructive manner. He emphasized the American administration’s commitment to fostering closer cooperation with Egypt in an array of fields and to supporting Egypt’s relentless efforts to realize peace, security and development in the region.

During their meeting, the two sides exchanged views with regard to African issues, in light of the U.S.- Africa Leaders Summit. President El-Sisi confirmed that the African continent needs a fully-fledged continental infrastructure that supports the implementation of efforts and initiatives targeting African countries. He added that this shall take place through a large-scale international project that mobilizes the resources and support of major countries and global development expertise to develop a comprehensive vison for this infrastructure that is inevitable for the success of development efforts in the continent.

The meeting also discussed a number of regional issues of mutual interest, particularly the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam dossier. President El-Sisi reiterated Egypt’s adherence to the application of the relevant principles of international law, and therefore the necessity to reach a legally-binding agreement on the filling rules and operation of the dam, so as to preserve Egypt’s water security without prejudice to the flow of water in the Nile River, on the banks of which the old civilization known to mankind was established thousands of years ago. Secretary Blinken underscored his country’s support for efforts toward solving this issue in a manner that achieves the interests of all parties and considers the paramount importance of the Nile water to Egypt.

The two sides expressed mutual commitment to strengthening and further promoting the longstanding strategic partnership between Egypt and the U.S., which constitutes a fundamental pillar to maintaining security and stability in the Middle East region. They both looked forward to boosting coordination and consultations in the coming period on various political and security issues of common interest.

President El-Sisi Meets the U.S. Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with U.S. Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Secretary of Defense confirmed that he was honored with President El-Sisi’s visit to the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense. He emphasized his profound appreciation for the President’s personal efforts as well as his very balanced and effective spirit of leadership to achieve security, stability and calm, not only in the Middle East and Africa, but at the international level and with regard to various international issues and crises. He added that this is a continuation of Egypt’s historical role in establishing and disseminating the culture of peace and co-existence in the region, which is a key role for the U.S. that it relies on and supports its capabilities.

President El-Sisi reiterated Egypt’s commitment to further advancing the strategic partnership with the U.S., particularly with regard to the military aspect and at the security level, notably in light of the extraordinary conditions in the region and the world. During the meeting, the two sides agreed on the need to strengthen Egyptian-American military relations, which are considered as the core of the strategic partnership between the two countries. These relations support their joint responsibility and efforts to restore security and stability in the Middle East.

President El-Sisi Signs the Guestbook of the United States Department of Defense in the Pentagon

President El-Sisi signed the Guestbook of the United States Department of Defense in the Pentagon, in which he wrote the following:

“In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful”

It gives me great pleasure today to visit the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense, the Pentagon, one of the oldest military institutions in the world. I am also pleased to meet U.S. Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin. On this occasion, as President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, I affirm my keenness to consolidate the distinguished historical relations between Egypt and the United States, for the benefit of the Egyptian and American peoples. I hope that my current visit represents a new step on the road to strengthening the ties that have always brought our two countries together and enhancing joint cooperation in all fields, for the benefit of our peoples and countries.

I sincerely thank you for the warm welcome and wish the friendly United States all peace and advancement and further progress and prosperity.

Abdel Fattah El-Sisi

President of the Arab Republic of Egypt

President El-Sisi attends a dinner banquet hosted by US President Joe Biden at the White House for African leaders participating in the US-African States Summit

The banquet came on the sidelines of the second day of the summit, which witnessed the activities of the US-Africa Business Forum.

Addressing the leaders gathered at the White House, the US president praised the friendship and partnership of the United States and Africa.

Biden said: "Together, we can deliver a world that is healthier and safer, more equal, more just, more prosperous, and more filled with opportunity for everyone.”

The US president also spoke about the ties that "forever bind Africa and the United States together."


President El-Sisi Receives Leaders of American Jewish Organizations

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received at his residence in Washington, D.C. a number of leaders of American Jewish organizations.

The meeting witnessed consensus and emphasized the depth of the strategic relations between Egypt and the United States, while stressing the importance of intensifying cooperation and coordination between the two friendly countries on various international issues.

On regional issues, President El-Sisi assured the leaders of American Jewish organizations that resolving the Palestinian issue will represent a huge step in the history of the region and help begin a new phase of peace, cooperation, development, and peaceful coexistence. He added that Egypt will continue to support any sincere effort that ensures a just and lasting solution to the Palestinian issue, based on the resolutions of the international legitimacy and the two-state solution in a manner that guarantees the inherent rights of the Palestinian people. 

The leaders of the American Jewish organizations expressed their deep appreciation for Egypt’s efforts, led by President El-Sisi, towards establishing the principles of peace and calm in the region and spreading the spirit of cooperation. This is in addition to combating extremism, hate speech and terrorism and embracing development issues. They congratulated the President on the success of the recent World Climate Summit (COP27) recently held in Sharm El-Sheikh.

President El-Sisi Meets President of Libyan Presidential Council

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with the President of the Libyan Presidential Council,Mohamed al-Menfi, on the sidelines of the U.S.-African Summit in Washington, D.C.

The meeting touched on the developments in Libya. The President stressed Egypt's firm position in support of the efforts of the Libyan Presidential Council, headed by al-Menfi, and for them to succeed and help the Libyan brothers to create conditions conducive to holding presidential and parliamentary elections simultaneously, given their positive repercussions on the political efforts to end the current crisis by activating the will and choice of the Libyan people.

The President of the Libyan Presidential Council affirmed his country's great appreciation, at the official and popular levels, for Egypt's vital role, led by President El-Sisi, in restoring peace and stability in Libya. This is in light of the fraternal and historical relations that bind the two countries and Egypt's leading role under the wise leadership of the President, especially with regard to supporting the Libyan national institutions.

President El-Sisi Meets United States Senator Lindsey Graham in Washington, D.C.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with United States Senator Lindsey Graham in Washington, D.C.

Senator Graham welcomed the President's visit to the United States and praised the strong relations between the two friendly countries. He looked forward to strengthening and developing the strategic partnership that binds them to broader horizons in the next phase across various fields.

The President expressed Egypt's appreciation for the decades-long distinguished relations between the two countries, noting Egypt's keenness to continue to promote and strengthen this partnership across various fields of joint cooperation.

The meeting tackled ways of strengthening bilateral relations in a number of fields, in addition to reviewing regional issues and crises, mainly the situation in Syria, Libya and Yemen. The President explained that Egypt will continue its diligent efforts to resolve the region's crises, which directly affect the security and stability of the region and the world. The President noted that Egypt's efforts seek political solutions in the first place and support national state institutions, as the effective way to confront terrorist elements and organizations that seek to destroy the concept of the state and spread chaos at the expense of security and stability.  

The meeting also touched on ongoing efforts to revive the peace process in the Middle East. The President noted that efforts to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict must be carried out in accordance with the constants of international references, the two-state solution and the Arab Peace Initiative. The President stressed Egypt's support for various efforts aimed at revitalizing the peace process and resuming negotiations on this basis and in a way that guarantees the rights and aspirations of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital. This shall change the current reality and open horizons for a new phase of security, progress and peaceful coexistence for all the peoples of the region.

President El-Sisi takes part in "Promoting Food Security and Food Systems Resilience" Session 

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi took part in "Promoting Food Security and Food Systems Resilience" Session, held as part of the US-Africa Leaders Summit.

Addressing the session, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi asserted that there is a close link between the food and water security, noting that Egypt viewed them as an issue of national security, in a way that necessitates the availability of a political will to formulate a legal framework for managing the track of cooperation among the countries which share the water resources in order to achieve development without inflicting any harm.

El-Sisi pressed the need for taking into consideration the impact of international crises on the economies of our countries especially regarding foreign debt, a matter which imposes outlining mechanisms for alleviating the debts' burden whether through exemption, exchange or soft repayment.

El-Sisi said "over the past few days during the proceedings of the UN Climate Summit, discussions covered one of the most serious challenges facing us, and today we meet to probe another important issue which is the food security."

El-Sisi added that if the efforts exerted during the UN Summit succeeded in working out tangible outcome, but unfortunately our efforts failed to bear fruit to end hunger in the world, noting that the international reports pointed out to a rise in the hunger rates over the past three years after it has been maintained since 2015.

El-Sisi noted that international statistics estimated the rise of the number of people who suffer from food insecurity to 800 million people in 2022, with an increase of 150 million in the records of 2019, adding that more than a third of such figures are from Africa.

El-Sisi reviewed Egypt's vision to enhance food security in Africa, asserting the importance of intensifying agricultural investments directed to Africa in order to develop its production and storage capacities via introducing modern technologies with easy terms.

El-Sisi also reiterated the necessity for maintaining an openness to the international trade movement, noting that the African Free Trade Agreement provided a framework that could enhance integration among the countries of the continent. He also voiced hope that major countries could extend help to Africa to optimize its potentials via investment in infrastructure and agricultural projects.

As regards the outcome of the UN Climate Summit, hosted by Egypt in early November, El-Sisi said Egypt launched several initiatives in the climate adaption funding including the Cairo Center for Learning and Excellence on Adaptation and Resilience, announced by Egypt, to build adaptation capacity across Africa, as well as an initiative on food and agriculture for sustainable transition in cooperation with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

El-Sisi also said that the UN Climate Summit has drawn a special attention to the commitment of the developed countries to provide dlrs100 billion annually to counter the climate change, noting that the conference has succeeded for the first time to establish a special fund for the developing countries to compensate the losses and damage caused by climate change and voiced hope for activating the fund's structure as soon as possible.

El-Sisi also asserted that the African states outlined several promising initiatives in contribution to international efforts to settle the food crisis, pointing out to the African Development Bank (AfDB)'s allocating dlrs 1.5 billion to support the purchase of strategic commodities, the launching of the Food and Agriculture Resilience Mission (FARM) initiative for food security in the most vulnerable countries. The initiative is implemented in cooperation between the African Union and France.

He also mentioned that the African countries should use the innovative Africa Exchange Trade Platform (ATEX) and boost digital trade in critical commodities under the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

ATEX is a digital business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-government (B2G) exchange platform developed by ECA and the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), in collaboration with the African Union Commission and the AfCFTA Secretariat.

El-Sisi also voiced Egypt's readiness to share its expertise with the African countries as regards Egypt's measures to enhance its food security, citing the initiative of cultivating the 1.5 million feddans to increase the agricultural farmlands and the silos national project which doubles the grains's storage capacity in Egypt.

The Egyptian president also highlighted measures to rationalize the use of water, the 2050 plan to develop the State's potentials to desalinate water, noting that Egypt is among the biggest states which are conducting water treatment processes.

El-Sisi expressed his appreciation to US President Joe Biden for his good hospitability and the organization of this great event (the US-African Leaders Summit) which comes at a very exceptional timing the world is facing.

He said eight years have passed since the first edition of the US-African Summit and during this period, there has been various changes and challenges that renewed the resolve for developing partnership between Africa and the US in a way that could help in finding solutions to ease the burdens on our peoples and secure a better future for them.

El-Sisi also praised the invitation of Biden on holding such summit which expressed his deep interest in listening to the voice of Africa.

The Egyptian president also called on the US to invest its economic weight in Africa to enhance the response mechanisms for the food crisis especially as part of the Global Alliance for Food Security in the G7 and the Global Crisis Response Group on Food, Energy and Finance in the UN Secretariat.

He also asked the US to invest its economic weight in alleviating the burdens of debt on the most afflicted countries, noting that the debt rate has reached serious levels exceeding 250 percent of their revenues, a matter which required taking urgent measures and exempting these countries from parts of their debts as well as activating the G20 initiative to suspend debts and formulate mechanisms to exchange the debts for investments.

El-Sisi also held the international funding institutions responsible for facilitating developing countries to obtain sustainable funding and ease the loans' terms to comply with the nature of their economies, outlining emergency mechanisms to propel growth and create a social security network to maintain the social fabric of these countries.

He also reiterated the need to work out mechanisms to facilitate the availability of commodities in order to reduce prices.

President El-Sisi concluded up his speech by voicing hope that this summit would adopt a vision and translate it into applicable initiatives to respond to the aspirations of the African peoples and enhance ties between the US and the African continent.

President El-Sisi meets with Biden on sidelines of US-Africa Leaders Summit

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi had a meeting with his US counterpart Joe Biden on the sidelines of the US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington.

Presidents Sisi and Biden shook hands warmly and exchanged friendly talks.

President El-Sisi attends Dinner Banquet Held by U.S. Chamber of Commerce in His Honor

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi attended a dinner banquet held by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in his honor on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of relations between Egypt and the United States. The banquet was attended by the CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Ms. Suzanne Clark, Chairman of the Egypt- U.S. Business Council, Mr. John Christmann, and heads and directors of several major American companies.

 there was an open dialogue between representatives of the American business sector, who expressed their interest in expanding their existing projects or working in Egypt. President El-Sisi stressed Egypt’s keenness to regularly communicate with investors to be aware of the problems they face to help find solutions to them.

President El-Sisi expressed his appreciation for the role played by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Egypt- U.S. Business Council in supporting economic and trade relations between Egypt and the United States, emphasizing the importance of the role of the private sector in this regard as a locomotive for growth serving the common interests of the two countries.

The President also referred to the fruitful discussions that His Excellency held during his visit to Washington with a number of American officials, especially on the economic level. The discussions focused on ways to develop economic cooperation, increase the volume of trade exchange between the two countries, and increase the investment activities of American companies in Egypt, especially in light of the progress achieved at the level of structural economic reform and legislative and institutional structure development aiming to attract more foreign investments to Egypt.

The attendees praised the progress made concerning the economic reform efforts in Egypt, especially through the measures that have been taken to improve the investment environment. They also lauded the major national projects being implemented, which have made Egypt a great example to be followed at the international level, especially in light of the steadfastness shown by the Egyptian economy in facing the successive global crises recently caused by the coronavirus and the Russian-Ukrainian crisis.

It was also noted that the Egyptian economy witnessed an unexpected growth, surpassing many emerging economies. They expressed their keenness to work during the coming period to boost the American investments in Egypt in various fields, especially health, technology, tourism, and energy- new and renewable energy in particular. These efforts are to be made in light of Egypt's successful hosting of the COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh last November.

The President affirmed Egypt's intention to continue reform and development efforts in light of the implementation of Egypt's Vision 2030, stressing Egypt's appreciation for the special strategic relationship with the United States and welcoming in this regard the increased activity of American companies operating in Egypt.

The President also noted that the results of the Climate Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh would promote cooperation between the two sides in various fields, especially in the field of clean and renewable energy. Egypt offers many incentives to international companies to invest in wind energy, solar energy and green hydrogen. These steps taken are part of Egypt’s efforts to become an energy hub in the region. His Excellency affirmed that Egypt aspires that the American companies would take advantage of those available investment opportunities to enhance economic relations between the two friendly countries.


President El-Sisi Meets President of World Bank Group

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met at his residence in Washington, D.C. with the President of the World Bank Group, David Malpass.

The President affirmed his interest in consulting with the leaders of the World Bank, based on Egypt's keenness to enhance cooperation with the World Bank as part of the fruitful partnership between the two sides. This is of particular importance in light of the successive international crises that the world is experiencing and their repercussions on all governments, especially emerging countries. This is in order to support the national efforts in Egypt to maintain the path of comprehensive development pursued by the state in all its economic and social fields. The President noted that the current global economic changes require international financial institutions, led by the World Bank, to develop and update the standards of cooperation with governments that have been severely affected by these changes.

Mr. Malpass affirmed the Bank's keenness to develop frameworks of consultation and coordination with Egypt to continue supporting the economic reforms it implements, reflected in the resilience demonstrated by the Egyptian economy in the face of all successive global crises. This helped it achieve positive growth rates in the last period, in addition to efforts to improve the business and investment climate and the establishment of giant development projects, in a way that made Egypt a role model in implementing economic reform plans.

The meeting reviewed the most important aspects of cooperation with the World Bank, in light of the current global food and energy crises. This is in addition to presenting the various mega development projects launched recently by the Egyptian government, as well as discussing ways to deepen the partnership between the two sides in the fields of infrastructure and new and renewable energy and optimising the role of the private sector in the development process.

President El-Sisi Meets US National Security Advisor

President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi met with U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan at his residence in Washington, D.C.

President El-Sisi Expresses Appreciation for the Egyptian Community in USA

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi thanked the Egyptian community in Washington for their warm reception during his stay in the United States to participate in the US-Africa Leaders Summit.

In his message, President El-Sisi expressed his sincere thanks for the hospitality shown by the Egyptian community in the United States during his stay there.

The President said: "I sincerely thank and deeply appreciate the warm reception by the Egyptian community in the United States of America during my stay. I affirm that the government and leadership of Egypt will always support Egyptians inside the country or abroad and will spare no effort to serve its great people".

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