India, Egypt deepen security ties, to focus on IS threat

Amid seething turmoil in the region and the rise of emerging threats, India and Egypt have decided to deepen and diversify their security and counter-terror cooperation.

With the rise of terror groups like ISIS who are spread across the most volatile region in the world, India suggested that the ISIS should be fought in a “determined and collective manner”.

In Cairo, India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met Egypt’s President Fattah Al-Sisi and her Egyptian counterpart Sameh Hassan Shourky. This is Swaraj’s first visit to Egypt, signaling the Indian government’s focus on revitalizing multifarious relations with Cairo as well as the North Africa region.

President Sisi conveyed his resolve to deepen ties with India and underlined that it was time to encash on the goodwill that the people of the two countries have with each other into something concrete on the ground. “He (President Sisi) said Egypt and India should be working together visibly on issues of common interests to show to the world that we are together on certain issues.” Anil Wadhwa, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs, said in Cairo.

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Swaraj visit: India, Egypt to step economic ties

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is all set to begin a two-day standalone bilateral visit to Egypt, North Africa’s influential Arab country, on August 24-25. The maiden visit by Swaraj is expected to provide an opportunity to review bilateral relations between both the countries along with promoting various aspects of mutual interests such as combating terrorism. India is the sixth largest trading partner of Egypt apart from being the second largest export destination.
The total bilateral trade between India and Egypt is USD 4.76 billion as of 2014-15 with India’s imports from Egypt being worth USD 1.74 billion and exports to Egypt worth USD 3.02 billion. “We believe that India can play a strong part when Egypt expands its economy and increases its engagement in the region, Africa and Europe,” India’s ambassador to Egypt Sanjay Bhattacharyya said. “In addition to politics and economy, there are certain specific areas that both countries would like to have closer cooperation in, including the fields of energy and medicine,” he added

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