Philippines and Egypt to sign MoU on tourism cooperation

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F del Rosario is set to sign today the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tourism Cooperation with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy in Cairo, Egypt.

Philippines and Egypt to sign MoU on tourism cooperation

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F del Rosario is set to sign today the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tourism Cooperation with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy in Cairo, Egypt.

The two officials are also expected to sign an MoU on the visa waiver agreement for holders of diplomatic passports of the two countries.

The one-day visit of Mr. del Rosario to Egypt is aimed at “bolstering bilateral relations between the two countries and exploring various fields of cooperation,” the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a press statement.

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce is also set to sign its MoU on trade cooperation, which will be witnessed by the two officials.

Mr. del Rosario will brief his counterpart on the developments of the Philippines including the recently signed Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

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He will also update the Egyptian foreign minister on the developments on the disputes in the West Philippine Sea, and the results of the recently concluded 24th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Myanmar.

The two foreign ministers will also exchange views and discuss the situation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the DFA said.

The Philippines and Egypt have maintained bilateral relations since 1946, with the opening of the Philippine embassy in Cairo in the 1960s, which was considered to be the only Philippine post in the Arab and African region until mid-1970s.

In 2011, Egypt welcomed 3,000 transiting Filipinos who were evacuated from Libya.

The Philippines and Egypt will celebrate its 70th anniversary of the establishment of their bilateral relations in 2016.

There are about 6,000 Filipinos working in Egypt as of last year, mostly as domestic helpers.

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