Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said Thursday that Cairo was keen to cooperate with Iraq in all sectors, mainly on defense.
Sisi’s comments came as he met with Iraqi Minister of Defense Juma Inad Saadoun, in the presence of Egyptian Minister of Defense and Military Production Mohamed Zaki.
They discussed military cooperation, joint exercises, exchange of expertise and capacity building.
Spokesman for the Egyptian Presidency Bassam Rady stated that they also reviewed a number of Arab and regional issues of common interest.
“Sisi affirmed Egypt’s keenness to cooperate with Iraq in all fields, especially on defense,” the spokesperson said.
The Egyptian President also sent greetings to Iraqi President Barham Salih and Prime Minister Mustafa Kadhimi.
During the talks, Saadoun expressed Iraq’s willingness to enhance cooperation with Egypt.
Separately, the Egyptian official gazette published Thursday a presidential decree approving a Charter of the Council of Arab and African States bordering the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden signed in Riyadh on January 6, 2020.
The council members are Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Jordan, Eritrea, and Djibouti.
The council aims to raise the level of cooperation between the member states, coordinate political stances, increase security cooperation between countries, and develop economic, trade, and investment relations.