Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi held meetings on Tuesday with Ghana’s Parliament Speaker, Aaron Mike Oquaye, and the Chairperson of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) for Sudan and South Sudan, Thabo Mbeki, according to the Egyptian presidency.
During the meeting with Oquaye, both addressed regional issues of common interest, and enhancing cooperation in “the fields of capacity-building through various programmes organised by the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development, in addition to the contribution of Egyptian companies in Ghana’s development.”
Al-Sisi emphasised “Egypt’s keenness on fostering closer relations with Ghana, particularly at the parliamentary and popular levels, taking into consideration the key role played by the parliaments of African countries in strengthening the foundations of democracy and political pluralism.”
President Sisi also stressed his commitment toward supporting Ghana’s developmental efforts. Meanwhile, both “reiterated the importance of achieving integration among African countries by supporting economic cooperation and increasing intra-African trade.”
Furthermore, Al-Sisi clarified that forming a committee for African affairs in the Egyptian Parliament “reflects an Egyptian will to enhance and develop relations with African countries.”
During his meeting with Mbeki, Al-Sisi asserted that Egypt, as current chair of the African Union, prioritises addressing various peace and security dossiers in Africa through developing the African structure of peace and security in an integrated manner.
Regarding Sudan, Al-Sisi stressed Egypt’s keenness in supporting security and stability in the country, given the longstanding relations between the two countries.
Al-Sisi also affirmed his readiness “to assist Sudan to successfully end the transitional period and fulfil the legitimate aspirations of the Sudanese people.”