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Egyptian President, Bulgarian PM Discuss Strengthening Defense, Security and Counter-Terrorism Relations

CAIRO – February 18, 2022: President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov discussed ways to advance bilateral relations between the two countries, particularly in the areas of defence, security and fight against terrorism as well as the economy.

This comes in light of Egypt being Bulgaria’s largest trading partner in the Africa and Middle East region, as well as Egyptian efforts to improve the climate sector, encourage the private sector and attract foreign direct investment.

These remarks were made during a meeting between Sisi and Petkov on the sidelines of the sixth European Union – African Union summit in Brussels.

Sisi stressed Egypt’s willingness to strengthen cooperation with Bulgaria, especially in the areas of trade, tourism, industry and agriculture, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said.

The Egyptian President congratulated the Bulgarian Prime Minister on taking office last December, stressing the solidity of relations between the two friendly countries.

Petkov affirmed his country’s desire to develop and strengthen its relations with Egypt, in particular with what it represents as a central pillar for stability and security in the Middle East and the Mediterranean region.

He also affirmed Bulgaria’s aspiration to continue coordination and consultation with Egypt through joint commissions to develop aspects of cooperation.

Sisi also highlighted the opportunities offered by the major development projects implemented in Egypt, including the axis of the Suez Canal and the new administrative capital.