New Delhi: After a successful political visit to America, PM Modi reached Egypt’s capital Cairo on Saturday. where he was welcomed by Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly. This is PM Modi’s two-day political visit during June 24 and 25. During this political visit to Egypt, he will hold discussions on strengthening relations between the two countries and expanding cooperation in new areas of trade and economic cooperation. Along with this, on June 25, he will also visit the historic 1,000-year-old Al Hakim Mosque in Cairo, the capital of Egypt.
PM Modi will hold a round table meeting with the Prime Minister of Egypt. He will also meet with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. PM Modi will visit Al Hakim Masjid on June 25 at around 1 pm during his visit to Egypt. The mosque is named after the sixth Fatimid and 16th Ismaili Imam Caliph al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah. The mosque was originally built in the late 10th century by Caliph Abu Mansur Nizar al-Aziz Billah, father of al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah. The work of which was completed by Al-Hakim in 1013. This mosque is the second largest and fourth oldest mosque in Cairo.
This mosque has 4 big halls. Namaz is offered in the biggest hall. This mosque is spread over an area of 13,560 square meters. The mosque is also used for other events from time to time. At one point it was also turned into ruins. However, today this mosque is famous all over the world for its beauty and architecture. The renovation of this mosque was undertaken by the Dawoodi Bohra community. It took a total of 27 months to repair the mosque. The Egypt Mosque was reopened on 24 November 1980 in the presence of President Anwar Sadat Mohamed Burhanuddin and high officials.
PM Modi is visiting on the invitation of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Al-Sisi, who was the chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations, invited PM Modi. This will be Modi’s first visit to Egypt as Prime Minister. He will visit the Heliopolis War Memorial during his visit to Egypt. Where they will pay tribute to martyred Indian soldiers. He will hold bilateral talks with Egyptian President El Sisi during which several MoUs will also be signed. Both countries have close defense ties. Both countries have been participating in joint exercises, training programs etc. for many years. But defense cooperation between the two has strengthened over the past few years. For the first time, fighter jets of the Indian and Egyptian air forces also conducted a joint military exercise.