CAIRO - 26 August 2019: Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has asserted that Africa's relationship with its international partners is based on equality and common interests.
Sisi's statement came during a business lunch with the presidents of Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Burkina Faso and the head of the African Commission to coordinate African stances ahead of the G7 and Africa summit held today, according to state news agency mena.
The African presidents want to send a strong message about challenges facing their continent and ways to solve them, said presidential spokesman Bassam Radi Sunday.
Sisi stressed the need to highlight Africa's development priorities, a top of which reducing poverty, countering climate change, fighting endemic diseases, employing youth and empowering women, Radi added.
The African presidents greatly appreciated Sisi's initiative to hold this meeting to coordinate stances ahead of the G7 and Africa summit.