Ties with Pakistan deep-rooted: Egyptian envoy

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ISLAMABAD
Egyptian Ambassador Ahmed Fadel Yacoub has said that the relations between Pakistan and Egypt are historical and deeply rooted. They go back even before the creation of Pakistan as Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah visited Egypt in 1946 and met with Egyptian political leaders and the grand Mufti of Al-Azhar Al-Sharif.
Speaking at a reception to mark National Day of Egypt here, Ambassador recalled that Egypt was among the first countries to offer recognition to Pakistan and established diplomatic ties with it in 1948. The ambassador said that relations between Pakistan and his country have a great potential to grow in all spheres, and I believe that Pakistan and Egypt have common strategic interests and face the same challenges and the two people share the same aspiration for peace, prosperity and development.
Ambassador of Egypt made these remarks while speaking on the occasion of National Day of Egypt. Mohammedmian Soormo, Federal Minister for Privatization was the chief guest. While
a large number of guests hailing from various walks of life attended the reception. Federal Minister for Privatisation Muhammadmian Soomro was the chief guest, but leader of the opposition in Senate Raja Muhammad Zafarulhaq, Deputy Chairman Senate Salim Mandviwala, Additional Foreign Secretary Aftab Khokhar, Muhammad Aejaz and Governor State Bank Raza Baqir were among the conspicuous guests. The reception hosted by Egyptian Ambassador Ahmed Fadel Yacoub to commemorate National Day of his country turned into a rendezvous for discussion on the verdict of International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding Indian terror-sponsoring spy outfit RAW agent and serving officer of Indian Navy Kulbhushan Jadhav. Raja Zafarulhaq had served as Pakistan’s ambassador to Egypt during President Zia government while Raza Baqir has just returned from Egypt where he was IMF’s man. Ambassador Ahmed Fadel Yacoub, in his address, said that over past 67 years, Egypt has successfully moved ahead, overcame various internal and external challenges and today Egypt is transforming itself yet again.
He reminded that a number of mega projects have been launched under the new leadership since 2014 aiming to improve Egypt economy and present a new stage of its development.
The envoy referred to constructing a new administrative capital which is located 45 kilometres east of Cairo, and it will be inaugurated in n2020.
He mentioned of digging the new Suez Canal which was inaugurated in August 2015 and aim to increase the capacity of the historic Suez Canal. The ambassador told the guests that the Suez Canal Economic Zone is being set up that offers a new investor-friendly business environment that will be a blueprint for future development.

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