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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

President El Sisi discusses refugees crisis at Visegrád Group-Egypt Summit

The refugee crisis topped the agenda during President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s trip to Hungary for the Visegrád Group-Egypt Summit, which is getting us all excited about the prospect of Turkey-style agreement with the EU to help curb migration flows to Europe. El Sisi said that Egypt is engaged in meaningful discussions on avenues for cooperation to address the refugees crisis with both the EU and the Visegrád Four, according to an Ittihadiya statement. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said the countries recognized Egypt’s efforts to curb migration, according to a statement.

The statements as the EU is looking to dole out more cash to help countries get a grip with refugees. The European Commission announced EUR 35 mn in extra cash for Rome in response to Italian demands that its neighbors share more of the burden, according to Reuters. European officials maintained that better local rescue services would mean more migrants being taken back to Libya or perhaps to neighboring Tunisia or Egypt.

El Sisi discussed economic cooperation in investments, manufacturing with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, according to an Ittihadiya statement. Separately, the Egyptian Businessmen Association delegates who attended the Egyptian-Hungarian business forum met Hungarian company representatives to discuss trade and investment cooperation, AMAY reports. The summit’s closing statement mandated the formation of an Egypt-EU cooperation council, according to Al Shorouk.

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