By Oleen Ndori, International Editor
EGYPT says it remains committed to nurturing the sound relations that exist between the North African country and Zimbabwe.
This was the key message at celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the Arab Republic of Egypt’s national day in Harare this Thursday.
As a founding member of the then Organisation of African Unity in 1963, Egypt continues to place Africa’s freedom at the core of its values.
Marking the 70th anniversary of Egypt’s national day in Harare this Thursday, the country’s top diplomat said the values of the then OAU, now African Union continue to influence his country’s policies and areas of cooperation with other members states.
With Zimbabwe and Egypt enjoying deep historical ties in politics, health agriculture and construction, His Excellency Mahmoud Amer says they will continue to engage with Zimbabwe to deepen these existing ties.
“Egypt and Zimbabwe mutually support one another on international fora including recently with the support of Zimbabwe’s bid at the P.A.P, Museum of African liberation along with successful implementation of African policies in the fields of health, agriculture and construction continues to bind our two countries together,” said Ambassador Amer.
Chief Director-Protocol and Conference Services in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ambassador Pavelyn Musaka added that the two countries need to increase the level of economic trade between them.
“There is great scope for us to increase the level of our economic and investment cooperation in order to match the excellent political relations that exist between our two countries.
“We need to take advantage of the vast opportunities presented by the African Continental Free Trade Area to increase trade between our two countries. Similarly, we should work collaboratively through COMESA to increase our commercial exchanges,” said the chief director.
Zimbabwe and Egypt have in the recent past exchanged high level visits including Vice President General Retired Dr Constatino Chiwenga’s visit to Cairo in June this year for the Africa Health Excon Exhibition and Conference.