China’s Top Political Adviser Wang Yang paid an official visit to Egypt from Sunday to Wednesday and held talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel-Aal respectively.

Wang, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), conveyed the cordial greetings and good wishes from President Xi Jinping to Sisi.

Wang said under the guidance of the two heads of state, China-Egypt relations have achieved historic development, adding that China is willing to maintain close high-level exchanges with Egypt, deepen political mutual trust, actively promote pragmatic cooperation within the framework of the Belt & Road, expand coordination and cooperation on international and regional affairs, strengthen counter-terrorism cooperation, and push for greater development of the China-Egypt comprehensive strategic partnership.

China is ready to strengthen exchanges of experience with Egypt in governance and support Egypt in pursuing a development path suited to its national conditions.

Sisi asked Wang to convey his cordial greetings to President Xi, saying he sincerely congratulates the Communist Party of China on its great achievements in the past 70 years and that he also feels pleased that the relationship between Egypt and China has reached an unprecedented level and depth.

Egypt supports the Belt & Road Initiative and welcomes Chinese enterprises to increase investment in Egypt, he said, adding that Egypt hopes China will further exert its influence and promote peace and stability in the Middle East.

While meeting with Ali, Wang said that political mutual trust is the cornerstone of the long-standing relationship between China and Egypt, adding the Belt & Road has become mainline of Sino-Egyptian Cooperation.

Wang thanked the Egyptian side for its firm support on issues concerning China’s core interests. The National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference is willing to expand exchanges at all levels with the Egyptian parliament and improve their ability to perform their duties, he added.

Ali said the Egyptian side supports the legislative and consultative bodies as well as political parties of the two countries to strengthen friendly exchanges. He added that Egypt looks forward to seeing more of its agricultural products enter the Chinese market, and is also ready to provide more convenience for Chinese companies to expand their investment.

At his meeting with Madbouly, Wang said that Egypt is at an important stage of industrialisation and urbanisation with huge market potential and demographic dividend, which makes it a natural partner of China to build the Belt & Road.

China is willing to actively participate in strategic planning such as the development of the Suez Canal Corridor, encourage competitive enterprises to invest in Egypt, explore trilateral cooperation with Egypt in Africa, and create conditions for high-quality agricultural products of Egypt to enter the Chinese market.

Madbouly said China has become Egypt’s largest trading partner and bilateral relations are experiencing great progress, adding that Egypt looks forward to working with China to promote China-Africa interconnection.

During the visit, Wang also had in-depth discussions with Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Ahmed al-Tayeb and Governor of Luxor, Mustafa Mohamed Alhem Khaled, inspected Chinese Technology Giant Huawei’s innovation exhibition centre in North Africa, attended a symposium along with representatives of Chinese-funded enterprises in Egypt, as well as an unveiling ceremony for the Confucius Classroom at Luxor University.