Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Rajapaksa had a telephone conversation where they discussed efforts to exchange multifaceted experiences between the two countries including combating COVID-19, strengthening coordination and cooperation on anti-terrorism efforts.
During the cordial conversation, both presidents have discussed ways to promote bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
President Rajapaksa has expressed pride in the distinguished relations Sri Lanka has always had with Egypt while stressing the importance the country attaches to strengthening bilateral relations in all fields as well as in various international fora.
This has been prompted by the pioneering role that Egypt plays at the regional and international levels and its valuable role in the field of combating terrorism and achieving security, stability and peace in the Middle East.
President Al Sisi had affirmed that Egypt welcomes all efforts to intensify cooperation with Sri Lanka in various international fora, especially in light of the historic bilateral relations existing between the two countries.
The Egyptian President has also stressed Egypt's keenness to strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two countries, especially in the economic domain including joint investments.
President Rajapaksa praised Egypt’s efforts to combat terrorism internally and regionally as well as the initiatives taken to counter extremist ideologies.
Sri Lankan President has also commended the pioneering role of Al-Azhar University of Egypt and its affiliated institutions in combating extremist ideologies and disseminating the enlightened teachings of Islam.