Five Sessions on Development of Egypt-India Relations
Over 10th -11th of September 2019, the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs (ECFA) hosted a delegation from Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), for discussing the means of developing Egypt-India bilateral relations and a number of other critical issues. These talks lasted over five sessions, where each day included two sessions. The first session tackled the international issues from the Egyptian-Indian perspective, including reform of the United Nations, counter-terrorism and illegal migration, etc. Meanwhile, the second session discussed developments in Egypt-India bilateral relations in all fields. On the morning of September 11th , three themes were under discussion over three sessions, including: developments in the Middle East and Arab Region that included latest developments in Arab- Israeli conflict, crisis in Libya, Sudan, Syria, Yemen and Iran; developments in Indian-Chinese relations and their stances towards one another, particularly on the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative; and finally developments in the India – Pakistan relations including the latest crisis in Kashmir, and the Indian vision for peace and security in South Asia.
In the same regard, the two parties agreed on the importance of the United Nations’ reforms in order to ensure the effective and successful treatment of the various international and regional issues encountered by the international community. They also emphasized the need for moving forward with exertion of necessary efforts to combat cross-border crime such as terrorism, illegal migration, cyber threats and climate change, etc. The need to pay more attention to Egyptian-Indian relations was also emphasized, including maximizing cooperation in agricultural and technological fields, particularly since India has become one of the world’s major leading technologically advanced states. On the other hand, both states agreed on the need for an Egyptian-Indian joint action for the placement of a common and agreed upon frame for the resolution of crisis that abound within the Middle East through peaceful means in accordance with the United Nations framework and the relevant resolutions issued by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).