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Egypt’s Sisi Meets with Business Leaders on 3rd Day in France

Egypt’s Sisi Meets with Business Leaders on 3rd Day in France

Wednesday, 25 October, 2017 - 09:15
French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France, October 24, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi met Wednesday with French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on the third day of his official visit to France.

Sisi also met with a dozen business leader before heading back to his residence in Paris to receive the Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD.)

Several French companies, including oil giant Total and underground metro operator RATP, were hoping to secure future deals.

Sisi’s visit is focusing on economic cooperation and the fight against extremism.

On Tuesday, the Egyptian president held talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. They discussed the crisis in Libya, Egypt's chaotic North African neighbor, and the war in Syria.

The anti-terrorism file was strongly present in the talks between the Egyptian delegation and French officials.

France has reaffirmed its support to Egypt as a key country to stabilize the troubled region.

Macron was keen to emphasize the “common battle” between Paris and Cairo, noting that France “stands by Egypt because the security of this country is also our security.”

Sisi, for his part, stressed that terrorism was the biggest challenge facing growth and development in his country.

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