India and Egypt reiterate support for Non-Aligned Movement

Source: The post is based on the article “India and Egypt reiterate support for Non-Aligned Movement” published in The Hindu on 27th January 2023

What is the News?

The Egyptian President was the chief guest at India’s Republic Day parade.He also met the Indian Prime Minister.

What are the key highlights from the Egyptian President’s meeting with the Prime Minister?

On Non-Aligned Movement: India and Egypt reiterated support for the Non-Aligned Movement.

On Defence: They agreed to initiate new engagements to intensify military-to-military engagements and planned more joint exercises between the armed forces of the two countries.

On Terrorism: They agreed to fight terrorism in all forms, “including cross-border terrorism and intensify consultation between their respective National Security Councils.

Elevated ties to strategic partnership: They decided to elevate the ties to a strategic partnership.There will be broadly four elements of the partnership: 1) political, defence and security 2) economic engagement 3) scientific and academic collaboration and 4) cultural and people-to-people contacts.

On Trade: Egypt has offered to allocate land for Indian industries at the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone).

Note: India-Egypt ties have been on an upswing in the recent past and both delegations supported reform of the UN Security Council where Egypt was a non-permanent member during 2016-17 and India had a similar stint during 2021-22.

– Egypt’s relation with India was also helped by its display of pragmatism especially in the backdrop of the Nupur Sharma controversy of 2022 when Egypt maintained silence while certain Gulf countries were vocal in criticizing India.

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