President Vladimir Zelensky discussed with Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi bilateral cooperation issues and invited him to visit Ukraine.
This was discussed during a telephone conversation between leaders of the two countries, the press service of the President of Ukraine.
“The head of state renewed the invitation Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to visit Ukraine after stabilization of the situation with coronavirus. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi noted that he was pleased to visit Ukraine, and Zelensky was invited to visit Egypt after the normalization of the epidemiological situation”, – stated in the message.
In addition, the parties exchanged views on the epidemiological situation in Ukraine and Egypt, as well as discussed measures to minimize impact of the pandemic COVID-19 for the economies of both countries.
In the context of the question of the revival of Egypt’s tourism activity Zelensky emphasized the need for strict observance of high sanitary requirements in places of Ukrainian tourists and full protection of their rights, including the free provision of qualified medical assistance in case of need.
“I know that several Ukrainian airlines from July 1, resumed Charter flights to the international airports of Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada, and that our tourists were the first foreign visitors following an easing of the quarantine. Egypt is beautiful and very hospitable country. For me it is extremely important to ensure the safety and health of Ukrainians abroad. Especially appreciate the decision to strengthen epicanthal resorts, and to cover the cost of treatment of our visitors,” said Zelensky.
The interlocutors highly assessed the state and prospects of trade-economic cooperation between Ukraine and Egypt, and discussed the next steps in the development of mutually beneficial cooperation in key areas. The President of Ukraine expressed interest in further strengthening trade and economic cooperation with Egypt – the largest trading partner of our country on the African continent and the middle East. Zelensky said the contribution of Ukrainian companies in the food security of Egypt, and also stressed the importance of successful implementation of projects of the Ukrainian enterprises in the country.
Separately was discussed the theme of strengthening cooperation in the space industry.
“Given the significant experience of industrial and engineering base, Ukraine is interested in resumption of mutually beneficial cooperation with Egypt in such areas as the production and control of the satellites, the modernization of the ground base mission control and equipment for the testing of spacecraft, training of Egyptian personnel. I am convinced that our countries have significant potential for cooperation in the field of use of outer space for peaceful purposes”, – said the President of Ukraine.
As noted, the Ukrainian head of state also congratulated Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on the occasion of the national day of Egypt – revolution Day.