External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna is in Egypt for a series of high-level meetings with leaders there. As a part of his visit, Krishna met Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Supreme Council of Armed Forces chairman, as well as Kamal El Ganzoury, Prime Minister of Egypt, reports Two Circles.
He, along with Egyptian External Affairs Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr, also chaired the sixth Egypt-India Joint Commission Meeting.
Krishna discussed the bilateral relations between India and Egypt in his meeting with Amr. He also considered the recommendations of sub-committees on various issues like information technology, trade and economic co-operation, scientific and technical collaborations, as well as cultural co-operation.
The two countries have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for co-operation in the area of environment protection. One more MoU has been signed between the Egyptian Organisation for Standardisation and the Bureau of Indian standards.
Moreover, a work plan has also been framed for co-operation between the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Agricultural Research Centre of Egypt.
Krishna welcomed Ganzoury’s suggestion for a delegation of Indian businessmen, from both the private and public sectors, to visit Egypt to determine concrete areas in which it can undertake economic cooperation with India.
Krishna also attended the first meeting of the high level Joint Committee of Arab-India Cooperation Forum at Cairo. "The Arab world and India share civilisational links, common cultural values and political beliefs and enjoy strong economic ties. With these activities, we propose to strengthen India-Arab cooperation further," Krishna stated.
Bilateral trade between India and Egypt was recorded at USD3 billion in 2011.