In message to Sisi, President of Democratic Republic of Congo supports Egypt’s stance in GERD issue

MENA - Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi received a message from President of Democratic Republic of the Congo Félix Tshisekedi who expressed his country’s support for Egypt in the file of the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), said Egyptian Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Radi in a statement on Saturday.  

The message was delivered by Jean-Claude Kabongo, special investment adviser to Congolese president in a meeting attended by Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry in Cairo. The meeting also tackled the bilateral relations between both countries, Radi said, adding that President Sisi expressed his appreciation for the Republic of Congo’s support for Egypt.  

President Sisi also affirmed Egypt’s keenness in cooperation with the Democratic Republic of the Congo in various fields to increase the rates of trade exchange between the two countries. Kabongo praised Egyptian stances in support of his country in all international and regional forums, and the various assistance provided by Egypt, such as the latest medical aid that was sent to face the repercussions of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Congo.  

In January 2020, Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs Abu Bakr Hefni held a meeting with Congolese Ministers of Communication and Industry Augustin Kibassa Maliba and Julien Paluku Kahongya, respectively, in the presence of representatives of public and private sectors in Egypt and the Democratic Republic of Congo. During the meeting several memorandums of understanding were signed between the Egyptian and Congolese private sectors.