India has invited the president of Egypt to be the chief guest for the republic day parade on January 26, 2022. The two nations enjoy a strong relationship with one another. However, it is the first instance when the Government of India has extended an invitation to a head of state from Egypt to be a part of the republic day celebrations.
The ambassador of Egypt, Wael Mohamed Awad Hamed, believes that the Indian Government’s gesture to invite President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to the celebrations is truly historic. Egypt’s ambassador spoke to StratNews Gohale’s Editor-in-chief, Nitin Gokhale. During the interaction, he recalled that the two nations had shared a strong relationship since Indian PM Jawaharlal Nehru.
He further noted that Indian Government’s gesture to invite President Sisi marks a new phase in the relationship between the two nations. India and Egypt are already advancing their relations through increasing defence cooperation. At the same time, the countries are discussing global issues which pose common concerns for the countries. These issues include Ukraine Crisis, global food security and climate change.
The Egyptian ambassador stressed that India-Egypt would have the chance to discuss these common issues later in the year. This is because India invited Egypt to participate in the G-20 summit-level meeting in September.
Talking about the trade relationship between the two nations, the Egyptian Envoy Wael Mohamed Awad Hamed, the two countries did a trade worth $7 billion in 2022. He expected this figure to grow by another $5 Billion in the upcoming five years. At the same time, he noted that India and Egypt must take advantage of each other’s markets.
Egypt has fair trade agreements with other African nations. Thus, they can serve as India’s “springboard” into North Africa. This will enable India to reach new potential markets worth 1400 Million.
Meanwhile, the companies of Egypt will enjoy access to India’s huge market. Egyptian Ambassador Hamed believes that Such a partnership had huge potential and boded well for the future.