Egypt’s stability is vital to the Pakistani security interests: Zubair Mahmud Hayat

Islamabad: Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (JCSC), General Zubair Mahmood Hayat called on President of Egypt Abdel Fattah Elsisi at Presidential Palace Cairo during his official visit to Egypt. Matters of bilateral strategic interest with particular emphasis on evolving regional security situation were discussed during the meeting, said a statement issued here by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Thursday.

The Chief of Staff of the Pakistani armed forces expressed his happiness over his recent visit to Egypt, emphasizing the deep people-to-people relations and hailed the achievements made over the recent period in a wide range of files, including the military achievements realized notably in the comprehensive military operation of Sinai 2018.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi also affirmed that the true jihad (struggle) is to raise people’s standard of living through development, quality education and advanced health services under the framework of the enlightening Islamic teachings of peace. The Pakistani Chief of Staff expressed his appreciation for the governmental economic reform program and the national projects aimed at achieving comprehensive development. He further stressed that Egypt’s stability is key to the stability of the region, which is vital to the Pakistani security interests.

The meeting came on the occasion when Egyptian state media reported that Abdel Fatah al-Sisi won 92 percent of the votes in the 2018 presidential election, with 23 million Egyptians voting for him. Sisi was expected to make an easy win on his sole rival, a little-known politician, for a second four-year term.

Chairman JCSC also met Minister of Defence and Commander in Chief of Egyptian Armed Forces, General Sedky Sobhy.

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