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Egypt increases Military Cooperation with South Africa

4 October 2019

Egypt's victory in 1973 goes beyond a military victory, it was a victory over despair, frustration, and in pursuit of peace and development, said Commodore Ahmed Alaa Eldien, Egypt's Defence Attaché in South Africa during the occasion of Egypt's Armed Forces Day.

Photo: (l-r) Mr Sherif Issa, Ambassador of Egypt, Lieutenant General VR Masondo of the SANDF and Commodore Ahmed Alaa Eldien, Egypt's Defence Attaché (The Embassy of Egypt-Press & Information Office)

The celebration of the Armed Forces Day coincides with the 46th anniversary of Egypt’s glorious victory on the 6th of October War.

Egypt today is facing many challenges that include a fight to end the scourge of terrorism and extremism. The Egyptian Armed forces have had to diversify its sources of Armaments and modernize its operations in every field and in this light, Egypt is seeking to increase its military cooperation with South Africa.

With regards to the Egyptian economy, Commodore Eldien said that it grew by 5.6% and is projected to grow by 6% in the coming future, making it the fastest growing economy in the Middle East and North Africa, and the third fastest growing economy in the world after both India and China.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt is the current Chairperson of the African Union. At the 12th Extraordinary Session of the African Union in Niamey on 7 July 2019, the African Continental Free Trade Agreement was launched with 27 states having ratified the agreement. The AfCFTA seeks to improve the flow of trade, remove tariffs and barriers among the African countries that represent a common African market with a consumer base of more than a billion people and a total gross product of 3 trillion dollars, said Commodore Eldien.

Commodore Eldien's tour in South Africa comes to an end in a few weeks and he used the occasion to bid farewell and to thank his compatriots for their cooperation and friendship.





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