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Macron arrives in Cairo for three-day visit to Egypt

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BRUSSELS, Dec. 13, 2018 (Xinhua) -- French President Emmanuel Macron speaks to media upon his arrival at a two-day EU Summit in Brussels, Belgium, Dec. 13, 2018. (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan/IANS) by .
French President Emmanuel Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Cairo on a three-day visit to the North African country to discuss bilateral cooperation with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi…reports Asian Lite News

BRUSSELS, Dec. 13, 2018 (Xinhua) -- French President Emmanuel Macron speaks to media upon his arrival at a two-day EU Summit in Brussels, Belgium, Dec. 13, 2018. (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan/IANS) by .
French President Emmanuel Macron

At Cairo International Airport, Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly received the French President and his wife Brigitte on Sunday after they completed a tour in Abu Simbel temple in Upper Egypt’s Aswan province earlier in the day, where they were accompanied by Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anany.

According to French media reports, Macron is accompanied by both French foreign and defence ministers as well as a delegation of chiefs of French giant corporations.

The visit comes amid the two countries’ celebration of the Egyptian-French cultural year.

It’s Macron’s first visit to Egypt and the second meeting with Sisi after their talks in Paris in October 2017.

Macron’s three-day trip to Egypt comes as protests against his policies continue to be held on the streets in France.

Over the past couple of months, Macron has been facing domestic protests, mostly peaceful, held by demonstrators dressed in “yellow vests” against the French government’s austerity measures including fuel price hikes.

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