India, Egypt To Boost Defence Ties In 2017

After an eventful 2016, India and Egypt plan to bolster ties in 2017. Indian Ambassador to Cairo Sanjay Bhattacharyya has expressed hope that the two nations could be able to develop co-operation in different fields in the coming months.
Speaking at a press conference in the Egyptian capital over the weekend, the envoy said that 2016 was a great year as far as bilateral co-operations was concerned. Bhattacharyya recalled that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, during his recent visit to New Delhi, discussed various aspects of bilateral ties with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to the ambassador, the two leaders decided to step up defence and security co-operation between the two countries in an attempt to tackle the twin challenges of terrorism and radicalisation, apart from enhancing economic and people-to-people engagements.
Bhattacharyya believes that the year 2017 will be more productive as New Delhi and Cairo will intensify their exchanges in various fields. He revealed that the Modi government would invest more in Egypt in some particular sectors, such as printing, spinning, weaving and dyeing. Meanwhile, he expressed satisfaction over the progress made by the two countries in defence co-operation. “On the defence side, I think the tempo has been very very strong and we would like to see more exchanges and more concrete collaborative work on the two sides,” stressed Bhattacharyya.
The Indian envoy told the local media: “We already have an agenda which will take further. We will also have some more discussions on other trans-national crimes issues to strengthen bilateral and regional co-operation, all this will provide us also, very potently, with closer co-operation and co-operation in the field of the fight against terrorism.”
Commenting on the bilateral economic co-operation, the ambassador said that the trade situation would pick up gradually. Bhattacharyya informed the press that India would try hard to diversify its trade basket so that the rise or fall in the prices of one particular commodity would not affect trade between the two countries to such an extent.
The ambassador thanked the Egyptian government for helping the Indian Embassy make preparations for the ‘India by the Nile 2017’ or IBN-2017, saying: “This year’s festival is going to be a special edition because it coincides with India’s 70th year of Independence and it will be the fifth anniversary of IBN.” He announced that the mega cultural festival would take place from early March to the end of April.


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