Egypt recognises India’s growing influence in Asia and the world.

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Mohammed Soliman is a well-known strategist who is credited with developing the I2U2 initiative’s strategy and vision as well as for conducting in-depth research on India’s Middle Eastern engagement. He also holds the position of Director of the Middle East Institute, where he studies how business, geopolitics, and technology interact there.

Cairo-born Soliman has made a name for himself as one of the most important commentators on US-Middle East relations, local politics, and the region’s function in an era of great power rivalry. He provides some views on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent, historic trip to Cairo in this interview with Aditi Bhaduri.

The visit of Prime Minister Modi is extremely significant because it represents a rare event after a gap of more than 20 years and because it plays a crucial role in establishing a new framework for bilateral relations between Egypt and India in the post-Cold War period. This visit exemplifies the vitality and tenacity of their interpersonal connections and stands as a powerful monument to the enduring ties that unite the people of Egypt and India. Additionally, Modi’s presence at the majestic Pyramids, alongside the esteemed Egyptian Prime Minister, acts as a significant symbol, reigniting the strong historical and cultural affinities that have existed between India and Egypt.such ancient civilizations. In fact, their relationship goes beyond the usual confines of global politics, exhibiting a profound entwining of common cultural legacies. In this way, the trip strengthens the basis of their bilateral connections and resolutely attests to the unshakeable enduring strength of their historical and cultural links.

On the sale of Tejas light combat aircraft, helicopters, and missiles in which Egypt had expressed interest, considerable progress was anticipated. But that didn’t take place. Egypt has it reconsidered this interest?

Defence acquisitions require a lengthy process to be completed since they contain complex issues involving security, finances, and strategic ramifications. Egypt is in active talks with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in India about securing a deal for 35 TEJAS MK-1A aircraft for its military services. The agreement comprises the delivery of aircraft as well as a thorough technology transfer to enable local production in Egypt. Egypt’s capable air force makes it a good partner for defence cooperation, providing an alternative to Western, Chinese, and Russian options in geopolitics and technology.

The Tejas deal’s prospective realisation is of considerable significance since it would deepen military connections between Egypt and India and promote an independent defence sector, notably in aviation. Egypt’s developing network of African defence partnerships places it in a significant position as a conduit for India’s expanding military capabilities, allowing access to crucial geopolitical markets. India’s expansion and greater presence should concentrate on Africa.

Regarding its economy and geopolitical position, Egypt recognises the growing relevance of India’s growing influence in Asia and around the world. Delhi is so well-positioned to support Cairo as a key ally and strategic partner. The goal of Egypt is to overtake Nigeria and become the greatest economy in Africa, solidifying its status there and in the larger Mediterranean area. The potential for promoting trade and investment relations between Egypt and India is significant in this aspect. India’s proficiency in Defence, technology, medicine, agriculture, and renewable energy are industries that closely match Egypt’s economic goals. Egypt is a perfect trading partner for Delhi because of its good geographic position, which also gives India access to important markets in the Middle East, Europe, and Africa.

Delhi agrees with Beijing, Tokyo, and Seoul that Egypt is an important entry point into Africa. Although Chinese businesses have invested a lot in the area around the Suez Canal, their influence is not universal. In addition, Japan, Korea, and India have economic goals and resources of their own that can help turn the Suez Canal into a manufacturing centre, enabling trade with Africa and maximising the advantages of the African Continental Free Trade Area. Indian businesses benefit as the Suez Canal zone develops and receives more assistancelely on the incentives offered by the Egyptian government, have the potential to seize opportunities and actively contribute to its success. Notably, negotiations between India and Egypt for the creation of an Indian Zone in the Suez Canal are already under way. Cairo wants to increase the value of the Suez Canal by luring in investments from various sources and encouraging global cooperation.

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