Egypt and India elevated their ties to the level of strategic partnership. This comes as India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi vowed, on Wednesday, to expand ties in areas of defence and security, trade and counter-terror cooperation.

“We’ve decided that under India-Egypt Strategic Partnership we will develop a long-term framework for greater cooperation in the fields of politics, security, economics and science,” PM Modi said at a joint press conference with President Al-Sisi.

President Al-Sisi said that the two countries discussed boosting connectivity. He added that Egypt wants to see more and more Indian tourists visiting that country.

“We discussed regional and global issues of mutual interests…We also deliberate on bilateral defence cooperation,” Al-Sisi said.

Al-Sisi arrived in Delhi on Tuesday on a three-day visit and is the chief guest of the Indian Republic Day celebrations.

Also, India and Egypt exchanged MoUs in the fields of cyber security, culture, information technology, youth matters and broadcasting.

PM Modi and President Al-Sisi also witnessed the release exchange of commemorative postage stamps to mark the milestone of 75 years of the establishment of diplomatic ties between India and Egypt.

After his wide-ranging talks with Al-Sisi, Modi said the two sides were unanimous in their view that terrorism is the most serious security threat to humanity and that they agreed that concrete measures are needed to end cross-border terrorism.

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