FM meets Tanzanian counterpart on joint projects

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Friday 08/02/2019 met his Tanzanian counterpart Augustine Philip Mahiga on the sidelines of the preparatory meetings for the African Summit in Addis Ababa.

Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ahmed Hafez said the meeting dealt with ways of boosting bilateral cooperation, as well as regional issues of common concern.

Shoukry expressed Egypt’s appreciation for the strong momentum recently achieved in bilateral relations, especially following the visit of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to Dar es Salaam in August 2017, which resulted in holding the third session of the two countries’ joint committee in Cairo in January 2018.

He invited the Tanzanian president to visit Cairo at the earliest opportunity.

The Egyptian minister expressed the hope to complete the ongoing negotiations between the two sides on a number of joint projects, especially in the agriculture field, which contribute to giving impetus to bilateral relations and developing them to a wider horizons that meet the aspirations of the peoples of both countries.

The two sides also review the role played by the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development (EAPD) in supporting capacities and building cadres in the priority areas of the Tanzanian side.

The meeting also dealt with cooperation in a number of important projects, such as the proposed river waterway project linking Lake Victoria to the Mediterranean Sea, which would realize the ambitions of the peoples and countries of the Nile Basin to promote cooperation among them in all fields.

The two top diplomats also discuss the participation of Egyptian companies operating in construction and infrastructure projects in Dodoma; the new political capital of Tanzania, especially in light of the Egyptian experience in the field of building new cities.

Mahiga expressed his country’s keenness to develop bilateral cooperation and benefit from the Egyptian expertise in various fields.

He pointed in particular to the importance of the Stiegler’s Gorge Hydroelectric Power Station project for Tanzania, which is being implemented by two Egyptian companies.

Source: State Information Service Egypt