S M Krishna to undertake three-day visit to Egypt

New Delhi: A number of agreements are likley to be inked during the visit of External Affairs Minister S M Krishna to Egypt beginning Friday, the first high-level Indian visit to the North African country after the popular uprising.

During the three-day visit, which is aimed at enhancing economic and trade ties besides engaging with the new leadership, Krishna will co-chair the 6th Meeting of the Joint Commission with his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Kamel Amr on Sunday.

The Joint Commission Meeting will undertake a comprehensive review of India-Egypt cooperation in the areas of Trade and Economy, Science and Technology, Culture and Information Technology, the Ministry of External Affairs said.

The delegation to the Joint Commission includes officials from a number of ministries and departments keeping in view India`s multi-faceted cooperation with Egypt and a number of agreements are likely to be signed during the visit, it said in a relased.

Krishna is scheduled to call on Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the Chief of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces of Egypt apart from meeting Nabil El Araby, Secretary General, League of Arab States.

He will interact with the leadership of major Egyptian political parties, opinion makers and Indian community representatives. He will also unveil a portrait of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore in Cairo, as part of Tagore`s 150th birth anniversary celebrations.