President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a phone conversation with President of Egypt Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.
The President of Ukraine congratulated Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on the occasion of Egypt's national holiday - Revolution Day.
The parties exchanged views on the epidemiological situation in Ukraine and Egypt, as well as discussed measures to minimize the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economies of both countries.
In the context of Egypt's resumption of tourism, Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed the need for strict compliance with high sanitary requirements in places of vacation of Ukrainian tourists and comprehensive protection of their rights, including free provision of highly qualified medical care in case of need.
"I know that some Ukrainian airlines have resumed charter flights to Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada international airports since July 1, and that our tourists have become the first foreign guests after the quarantine mitigation. Egypt is a wonderful, very hospitable country. It is extremely important for me to ensure the safety and health of Ukrainians abroad. I especially appreciate the decision to strengthen epidemiological control at resorts and cover the costs of treatment of our tourists," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
The heads of state praised the prospects of trade and economic cooperation between Ukraine and Egypt, as well as discussed further steps to develop mutually beneficial cooperation in key areas. The President of Ukraine expressed interest in further strengthening trade and economic cooperation with Egypt, our country's largest trading partner on the African continent and in the Middle East. Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted the contribution of Ukrainian companies to ensuring food security in Egypt, and stressed the importance of successful implementation of projects of Ukrainian enterprises in this country.
The topic of strengthening cooperation in the space industry was discussed separately.
"Given the considerable experience and the available industrial and engineering base, Ukraine is interested in resuming mutually beneficial cooperation with Egypt in such areas as satellite production and management, modernization of ground-based flight control base and equipment for testing spacecraft, training and education of Egyptian specialists. I am convinced that our states have a significant potential for cooperation in the use of outer space for peaceful purposes," the President of Ukraine said.
The President of Ukraine reiterated the invitation to Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to visit Ukraine after the stabilization of the situation with coronavirus.
Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said he would be pleased to visit Ukraine and invited Volodymyr Zelenskyy to visit Egypt after the epidemiological situation is normalized.