French President Emmanuel Macron embarked on Sunday on a three-day official trip to Egypt which he kicked off in Aswan where he visited the famed temple of Abu Simbel and other archaeological sites.
He is expected to hold talks with President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo on Monday.
Political science professor at the American University in Cairo Dr. Mustafa Kam al-Sayyed said that Macron’s visit will underscore France’s effective role in the Middle East and Mediterranean region, especially in regards to the Libyan crisis.
Sisi and Macron are expected to hold in-dept talks on Libya given that Cairo’s stance has wavered between Paris’ position, which calls for holding elections before the end of the year, and Rome, which calls for their postponement.
In addition, discussions will tackle expanding French investments in Egypt, he told Asharq Al-Awsat.
The two leaders are expected to sign some 30 agreements, worth hundreds of millions of euros, in the transport, renewable energy and food industry fields.
Some 50 company directors and five government officials, including Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Defense Minister Florence Parly, are accompanying Macron on his trip.