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Japan to provide Egypt with ¥2 trillion business project, take in 2,500 students

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Staff Writer

Japan has pledged to continue supporting Egypt’s democratic process five years after revolution swept the country and ousted Hosni Mubarak.

The promise came Monday during Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s first state visit to Japan. At a news conference following talks with el-Sissi, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced economic assistance, including a ¥2 trillion business project with Japanese companies.

The two countries will also launch an education partnership, under which Japan will receive 2,500 Egyptian students during the next five years.

“Egypt is the keystone in stabilizing the Middle East. We highly value the president’s efforts for democratizing the country through a road map,” Abe said at the joint news conference.

El-Sissi, a former chief of Egypt’s military who came to power in 2014 after he ousted President Mohammed Morsi in an uprising in 2013, said the bilateral relationship will benefit if the education level in Egypt improves. Interested in the Japanese educational system, he is scheduled to visit an elementary school before he leaves Japan on Wednesday.

Since the Arab Spring five years ago, Egypt has gone through both economic and social turmoil. El-Sissi said during a recent speech to Egypt’s parliament that the democratic transition is complete, according to Al-Jazeera, despite some criticism for his crackdown on opposition forces.

To promote stability and security in the Middle East, Japan and Egypt agreed to cooperate in the fight against terrorists and extremists such as the Islamic State group. The two nonpermanent members of the U.N. Security Council also said that they will work together on global issues such as a resolution against North Korea’s recent nuclear test and launch of a de facto long-range missile.

  • Hazem

    El-Sisi is the terrorist. Sinzo Abe is supporting a terrorist and not fighting terrorism. Just last year, over 800 killed in Sisi’s jails under torture, the worst form of killing. Nobody heard about them until one Italian student studying in Egypt was killed “by mistake” in the same way in January. Over 50,000 jailed, some of them minors. Two weeks ago, a 4 year old toddler got a life sentence in prison. When the news spread internationally, the military court said it was a “mistake” and it should be someone else with a “similar” name who is 16 years old.

    Sinzo Abe is looking for money and investments not for democracy and fighting terrorism.

  • Hazem

    El-Sisi is the terrorist. Sinzo Abe is supporting a terrorist and not fighting terrorism. Just last year, over 800 killed in Sisi’s jails under torture, the worst form of killing. Nobody heard about them until one Italian student studying in Egypt was killed “by mistake” in the same way in January. Over 50,000 jailed, some of them minors. Two weeks ago, a 4 year old toddler got a life sentence in prison. When the news spread internationally, the military court said it was a “mistake” and it should be someone else with a “similar” name who is 16 years old.

    Sinzo Abe is looking for money and investments not for democracy and fighting terrorism.

  • Mohamed Elansary

    I would like to comment on some points :1.

    1. SISI not ousted Morsi but the Egyptians how did that and they choose SISI to be president .
    2.Do not believe who say that X people killed on Jails as all of this is a poly cheats and not true .
    3. liars target’s is only destroy Egypt and that will not happenز
    4:president SISI only looking for Egypt benefit and only Egyptians image and life .

  • Mohamed Elansary

    I would like to comment on some points :1.

    1. SISI not ousted Morsi but the Egyptians how did that and they choose SISI to be president .
    2.Do not believe who say that X people killed on Jails as all of this is a poly cheats and not true .
    3. liars target’s is only destroy Egypt and that will not happenز
    4:president SISI only looking for Egypt benefit and only Egyptians image and life .

  • Hesham M-fb

    Sisi, as a head of the Egyptian Army, helped with the corrupt judges in the country in failing the democratically elected president from completing his term in a staged demonstrations. Then, this same man, committed crimes against humanity with multiple massacres for any dissident voice in the country! By killing and locking in jail the supporters of Morsi or any serious opposition, he was able to win the election and take the country on to a complete totalitarian regime similar to Stalin-era in Russia.

    It’s shame that such a criminal and his regime are receiving such assistance from Japan!

  • Les Egyptiens En France

    Japanese hypocrisy.. Shame on you.. Very despicable..
    Sisi is a lunatic dictator.. very similar to Gaddafi..

  • Rashad Lamada

    sisi is egypt president saved egypt from the terrorist mp and all it,s allies