India eyes economic, military ties with Egypt during El-Sisi's visit

The Egypt President being chief guest at the Republic Day parade portends a beneficial partnership

Aditi Phadnis
Egypt President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi

Egypt President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi

Egypt President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi is going to be chief guest at India’s Republic Day parade. He will arrive on January 24 amid discussions about the feasibility of a revival of the New Delhi-Cairo axis, the consolidation of West Asia, and the creation of a third pole in international politics. Of course, diplomatic, economic, and military ties are expected to continue to grow.
Food security is of prime concern for both countries. When Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted in April last year that Egypt had agreed to buy wheat from India, it was not an insignificant geo-political move. Goyal said Egypt had allowed the imports following personal intervention from top officials and India wanted to become a regular supplier of good quality wheat to the African nation. While India’s share in Egypt’s wheat import is small (1 million tonnes of the 11-12 million tonnes Egypt imports) it has the potential of developing a new market for India.

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First Published: Jan 22 2023 | 9:49 PM IST

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