At the airport in Cairo, Prime Minister Borisov was greeted by Egyptian Parliamentary Affairs Minister Alaa Fouad.
The Bernice base is a strategic point in securing the country’s southern flank. Bernice is one of three new naval bases on the shores of the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, the creation of which Egypt announced in 2017. Along with other naval bases in the country, it allows Egypt’s military leadership to set up for the first time two navies: one in the Mediterranean region, and the second in the Red Sea, which represents a qualitatively new development of the Egyptian armed forces.
During his visit to Egypt, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov will meet with President Abdel Fattah As-Sisi. The focus of their conversation will be bilateral cooperation in the political, economic, energy, cultural, educational fields. Emphasis will also be placed on the support Bulgaria will continue to provide to Egypt in its efforts to combat terrorism and religious extremism.
The expansion of bilateral cooperation in this area is in the interest of both Bulgaria and Egypt and will contribute to security in the Middle East and the Balkans.
The first meeting between Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah As-Sissi was held on the sidelines of the 73rd UN General Assembly in September 2018, where the two leaders agreed on the practical activation of the partnership.
As a result of the goodwill declared by both parties, on October 23-24, 2018, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov paid a two-day visit to Cairo. And on February 24-25, 2019, the Bulgarian Prime Minister participated in the first ever EU-Arab League Summit in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, where he also spoke with Egyptian President Sisi. At the meeting, the will to affirm bilateral relations was then confirmed.