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Egyptian President pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat

Updated: Sep 02, 2016 11:33 IST

New Delhi [India], Sept.2 (ANI): The visiting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on paid tributes to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi at the Rajghat here this morning. He was accompanied by Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

The Egyptian President was earlier accorded with a ceremonial welcome at the forecourts of the Rashtrapati Bhawan in the presence of his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Egyptian President will hold bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Modi today with an aim to step up engagement in areas of security, counter-terrorism and trade.

Both sides are set to sign a number of MoUs after the talks.

Pranab Mukherjee will host a banquet this evening in honour of his visiting Egyptian counterpart.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met the visiting President yesterday during which she reportedly highlighted the trade ties between both nations.

She also outlined some economic reforms and flagship initiatives launched by India which offers enormous potential for further diversification of trade and investment ties with Egypt. (ANI)