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Modi says Egypt natural bridge between Asia and Africa…..A special from Asian Lite News

Indian Prime Minister Modi with Egypt President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi
Indian Prime Minister Modi with Egypt President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday described Egypt as a natural bridge between Asia and Africa following bilateral talks between him and visiting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

“In our conversation, President Sisi and I have agreed to build on multiple pillars of our cooperation,” Modi said in a joint media statement with Sisi following delegation-level talks here.

“Egypt is a natural bridge between Asia and Africa,” he said.

“As ancient and proud civilisations with rich cultural heritage, we decided to facilitate more people-to-people ties and cultural exchanges,” he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that radicalisation and increasing violence is a threat not just to India and Egypt but also to other countries across the region.

Addressing a joint press conference later, Modi said: “President and I are of one view that growing radicalisation, increasing violence and spread of terror are real threats not just to our two countries but also to nations and communities across region.”

“In this context we agree to further our defence and security engagements…” Modi said adding that the two countries have decided to expand defence trade, training, combat capacity building, and greater information exchange to combat terrorism.

Sisi arrived here on Thursday on a three-day official visit to India at the invitation of President Pranab Mukherjee.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on him in the evening, and during the meeting Sisi described ties between Egypt and India as old and “very resilient”. Sisi will be hosted for a banquet by President Mukherjee on Friday evening.

This is the first presidential visit from Egypt to India since the visit of then President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

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