'Order of the Nile medal, the nation's highest state distinction, was given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. They talked about methods to advance commerce, investments, energy relations, and people-to-people connections while also strengthening the strategic cooperation between the two nations.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Giza Pyramids, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and located outside of Cairo, Egypt. Modi visited the three pyramids of the 4th dynasty in Al-J?zah (Giza), in northern Egypt, while being escorted by Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly.
They were built on a stony plateau on the west bank of the Nile River. The Great Pyramid of Giza, the biggest pyramid in Egypt and the resting place of pharaoh Khufu, who ruled during the Fourth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom, was the subject of Modi's apparent search for information.
Modi arrived in Egypt for a two-day state visit, and El-Sisi met him at the Presidential Palace, where they had a private meeting. On Sunday, Modi also paid a visit to Cairo's famed 11th-century Al-Hakim Mosque, which had been repaired with the aid of the Dawoodi Bohra community in India.
At Cairo's Heliopolis War Cemetery, he later paid respect to Indian soldiers who had fought in Egypt and Palestine during World War I. An Indian prime minister hasn't visited this nation on a bilateral basis in 26 years.
Since 1997, no Indian prime minister has visited Egypt before PM Modi's maiden trip there as leader of the country.The trip comes after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's January trip to New Delhi, where he attended India's 74th Republic Day celebrations as the chief guest. El-Sisi was the first Egyptian leader to get the distinction.
The bilateral ties between the two countries, which were already elevated to a strategic level during el-Sisi's visit in January, have been seen as being strengthened by Prime Minister Modi's visit. According to Al Jazeera, analysts think it might also show the general contours of how ties might develop in the coming days.
Arindam Bagchi, the official spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), stated: "This is a very brief, reciprocal visit coming just six months after President Sisi's trip to India. We do anticipate and are certain that the visit will not only maintain momentum in our two nations' relationship but also help it grow to include new trade and economic engagement areas.
From Egypt's perspective, the visit is more about expanding connections outside the Western Hemisphere. As it prepares to host the G20 summit in September in its capital New Delhi, analysts have suggested that India needs to strengthen its position as a voice of the Global South.
In addition to bilateral discussions and the signing of numerous economic deals, PM Modi will engage with the local Indian community and was scheduled to meet with some influential figures in Egypt.As two of the original members of the Non-Alignment Movement (NAM), a group of 120 developing nations who supported the non-alignment of major power blocs, India and Egypt have cultivated close connections.
El-Sisi, the president of Egypt, has made three trips to India. According to experts, New Delhi is seeking more direct access to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region through Cairo, even if Egypt has expressed interest in growing India's investment in the nation.
According to Aftab Kamal Pasha, a Middle Eastern Studies professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, Egypt, and India have long had cordial ties.Pasha stated that PM Modi turned to Egypt because "there are clear limits to what he [Modi] can get from the GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council] states."
El-Sisi, according to Pasha, wants Egypt to become a member of BRICS, a potent alliance of the world's four largest economies: China, Brazil, Russia, and India.
According to PM Modi, he wants to "balance China in the organization" and keep Pakistan out of BRICS since Beijing wants it there. There has been a lot of anticipation for PM Modi to declare India's support for Egypt's quest to join BRIC.
Since Modi took office, India has made an effort to extend the scope of its foreign policy. According to Siddiqui, India has opened around 20 new missions in the continent of Africa.
"Over the years, Egypt has lost its voice in regional affairs, such as those in Palestine, Ethiopia, and many African nations. They no longer have the same luster they once did. And Egypt is now looking outside of the continent, with India possibly holding the key to its rising importance.
He claimed that by joining forces with Egypt, India might get more access to the African continent, the Arab world, and Israel. India has extended a "guest country" invitation to Egypt for the G20 summit in December 2022.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the highest state decoration, the "Order of the Nile," from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi at the presidential palace in Cairo. The leaders also talked on how to advance the two nations' strategic partnership, with an emphasis on enhancing people-to-people connections, energy ties, trade, and investments.
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