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Malawi, Egypt seal permanent bi-lateral ties

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Two years after Malawi and Egypt renewed their diplomatic ties, with more focus on human resources capacity building, the two countries have sealed a permanent deal which will see them expanding the areas of cooperation.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Francis Kasaila, and Minister of Transport and Public Works, Jappie Mhango, are reported to have sealed the deal on behalf of Malawi government during their meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi in The Gambia on Tuesday.

Minister of Information, Malison Ndau, and Egyptian Ambassador to Malawi, Maher El-Adawy, said this during the 2016 Egyptian Embassy round-up press briefing in Lilongwe yesterday.

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The cost of capacity building training programmes the government of Egypt offers to Malawi has reached $3.7 million with approximately 350 Malawians benefitting from different programmes over the past two years.

The majority of the training programmes aim at supporting capacity building in key developmental sectors in Malawi including agriculture, women empowerment, judiciary, health, combating crime locally and internationally, free trade, rural development, search and rescue, diplomacy and media.

Egypt has also been supporting the country’s humanitarian needs at the time over 6.5 million people are facing hunger due to the impacts of floods and succeeding dry spells of the past two years.

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“What is contained in this agreement is the intensification of relationship between Malawi and Egypt as we have with other countries. What we had before that was not a permanent cooperation but this time we have agreed to go that way. This is an assurance of the direction that we are taking as brothers who have been working together in a number of areas,” Ndau said.

El-Adawy said the state of relationship between the two countries in the past two years has been wonderful and looks for more of the same in the years to come.

“We have actually concretised this agreement with the signing of last night which is completing this agreement which will encompass other priority areas between the two countries and that we will have regular meetings at all times at the highest level so we can move forward. So, what we have achieved is good and what we are looking forward is even better,” El-Adawy said.

Both Ndau and El-Adawy could not go into the specifics on the new agreement.

“I will let the specific details of the agreement to be first announced by responsible people here, once they return to Malawi but what I wanted to give you is that we have completed this agreement which encompasses the success that we have had in the last two years, which is very good news to the people of Malawi at the end of 2016,” the Egyptian Ambassador said.

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