Cairo/New Delhi: Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday held talks on bilateral relations with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi and her counterpart Sameh Hassan Shoukry in Cairo.
Sushma Swaraj, who is on a two-day visit to Egypt, also met with Nabil El Araby, secretary general of the Arab League.
Indian ministry of external affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup, in a series of tweets, gave an account of her meetings.
"Beginning at the top. EAM @SushmaSwaraj calls on President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi of Egypt to discuss bilateral relations."
"Moving Arab-India ties forward. EAM @SushmaSwaraj meets with SG Dr. Nabil El Araby @lassecgen at Arab League HQ," he said in another tweet.
"A historic relationship renewed. EAM @SushmaSwaraj holds bilateral talks with Egyptian FM Sameh Hassan Shoukry."
In a further tweet, he announced India and Egypt had signed MoUs on scientific and technical Cooperation and tourism.
On Sunday, Sushma Swaraj had addressed the Indian community in Cairo.
"Friends, I am always impressed with the great success our citizens have achieved in foreign lands. I am delighted that the Indian community in Egypt has set the benchmark very high.
"Not only are you the leaders in the organisations that you represent but you have also contributed substantially to the development of close ties between India and Egypt", she said while addressing the Indian community in Egypt.
"I understand that your contributions are in the fields of trade and commerce, finance and banking, international organisations and multinational corporations, manufacturing and services. Some of you have played a singular role in promoting yoga, Indian languages, meditation and the arts in bringing our cultures closer together", she added.
"It is impressive that Indian investments in about 50 companies are almost US$3 billion, in sectors such as petrochemicals, textiles, agriculture and chemicals, consumer products and others.
"Your technical skills at a competitive cost have been an indispensable part of the local economy and I understand you employ almost 35,000 Egyptians and contribute significantly to the export earnings of Egypt. Although small in numbers, you are recognised as a successful and integrated community", she said.