China, Egypt set up intergovernmental cooperation Committee to boost bilateral ties

China and Egypt have agreed to establish an intergovernmental cooperation committee in view of deepening bilateral ties, reports say Monday following China’s top diplomat visit to Cairo.
Wang Yi and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry signed Sunday the deal adding that Beijing is “ready to work with Egypt to deepen the alignment of their development strategies, expand cooperation in production capacity, infrastructure, new energy, space and aviation, as well as new and high-tech industries, and open up new prospects for mutually beneficial cooperation”, Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua said.
“Egypt is one of China’s most important strategic partners among Arab countries, in the Islamic world, in Africa and among developing countries,” Yi said.
The Chinese top diplomat also stressed that Beijing appreciates Cairo for its support on issues concerning Beijing’s core interests and said China also supports Egypt in safeguarding its own sovereignty, security and development interests.
For his part, Shoukry, Xinhua said, Egypt adheres to one-China principle and firmly supports China’s efforts to safeguard sovereignty and security, and resolutely opposes foreign forces’ interference in China’s internal affairs over issues related to Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Taiwan and Tibet.
“Egypt is willing to work with China to strengthen their cooperation in economy, trade, industry, science and technology within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges and maintain communication on the reform of the United Nations Security Council and other international and regional issues,” he added.
Both countries enjoy good relations. China has backed Egypt’s efforts to combat the pandemic with donation of vaccines and other medical equipment.
Both countries also signed an agreement for Egypt to start producing Chinese covid-19 vaccine for local consumption and for export across Africa.

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