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Egyptian President conveys best wishes for Independence Day

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Reaffirming the cordial relationship between Egypt and Sri Lanka, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi extended his best wishes and greetings to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the people of Sri Lanka on Sri Lanka’s 73rd Independence Day on Thursday.

The full text is as follows:

“Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka; on the occasion of celebrating the Independence Day of your country, it gives me pleasure to convey to you and your people my congratulations and best wishes.

I take this opportunity to express my appreciation of the bilateral relations binding our countries, affirming that I look forward to promoting them in all domains for the best interest of our people.

Please accept my sincere wishes for the best of your well-being and for the progress and prosperity of the people of Sri Lanka. Highest consideration and appreciation.”

Egypt was the first Arab and African country to establish diplomatic relations with Sri Lanka in 1957. Bilateral relations are currently experiencing a surge across many fields as both countries are cooperating and working together to overcome the diverse challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two countries are pursuing enhanced cooperation on several fronts following the first round of bilateral political consultations held between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Egypt and Sri Lanka in Cairo on December 12, 2019.

Subsequently, EgyptAir, the national flag carrier of Egypt, commenced direct cargo flights between Cairo and Colombo from October, 2020, while the inauguration of direct passenger flights between the two countries is also on the cards.