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Merkel in Egypt: Germany Donates $500 Million, Supports International Extremism Response

March 3, 2017

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Egypt on Thursday for a two-day visit. The long-awaited visit was the first for Merkel since Al-Sisi took office as President in 2014. The visit, which saw Merkel meet with several top Egyptian officials, touched upon several economic issues, the refugee crisis and attempts of combating extremism. Prior to their press conference, Al-Sisi and Merkel held a meeting that was attended by several Egyptian and German officials including the foreign ministers. What Sisi Said According to the presidency spokesperson Alaa Youssef, Al-Sisi said that it is important to increase the German investments in Egypt, as several German companies are very active in Egypt. Al-Sisi added that Germany is the most important economic partner to Egypt in Europe, adding that significant progress in Egypt’s economy is now obvious after the tough economic program Egypt has undertaken. During the press conference, Al-Sisi also said that he agreed to enhance cooperation between Egypt and Germany in several fields, adding that he informed Merkel of the steps Egypt had taken to achieve political stability and economic development. The Egyptian president said that the bilateral relations between Egypt…

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