The first bilateral visit by an Indian prime minister in 26 years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Egypt on Saturday afternoon for a two-day state visit. At the airport, he was greeted by his Egyptian counterpart, Mostafa Madbouly, and would later inspect a guard of honor. In addition to seeing President El-Sisi, Modi is scheduled to participate in a roundtable discussion with the Egyptian prime minister. The development occurs just a few hours after the PM’s state visit to the US comes to an end.
In a unique distinction, PM Modi was met at the airport by his Egyptian colleague Mostafa Madbouly after arriving in Cairo to a ceremonial welcome and guard of respect.
On his arrival, PM Modi will also examine a guard of honor. He will meet with President El-Sisi and participate in a roundtable discussion with the Egyptian Prime Minister during his two-day state visit on June 24 and 25.
The Indian community will be engaged with later by PM Modi.
During his meeting with Dr. Shawki Ibrahim Abdel-Karim Allam, Egypt’s Grand Mufti, PM Modi will also have conversations with other influential Egyptians.
PM Modi is scheduled to go to the Al-Hakim Mosque on Sunday. In honor of Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, the 16th Fatimid caliph (985–1021), the Prime Minister will spend close to 30 minutes visiting the Al-Hakim Mosque, a notable and ancient building in Cairo.
PM Modi will also pay homage to the Indian troops who gave their lives fighting for Egypt in the First World War during his trip to Egypt by visiting the Heliopolis War Grave cemetery.
The visit is significant since Egypt has long been one of India’s top commercial partners on the continent of Africa. According to the Egyptian Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS), the India-Egypt Bilateral Trade Agreement has been in effect since March 1978 and is based on the Most Favoured Nation clause.
Additionally, due to their extensive history of communication and collaboration on bilateral, regional, and international problems, India and Egypt have a strong political knowledge of one another.