The Cairo Post - April 1, 2015
Minister of Industry Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour told Al-Borsa and MENA
that Xi was planned to visit Saudi Arabia then Egypt, and that the
president “apparently” found it was better to postpone the visits due to
the kingdom’s “current preoccupations.”
Abdel Nour said he called Chinese ambassador to Cairo Song Aiguo, who
advised him the postponement is temporary and that his country would
arrange another date for the visit.
The Egyptian minister had announced last month that Cairo was going
to receive an economic delegation accompanying Xi. Earlier in March, a
delegation from the Chinese presidency and Ministry of Foreign Affairs
visited Egypt for several days to prepare for the state visit.
After the ongoing Operation Resolute Storm, led by Saudi Arabia
against Houthi rebels in Yemen, was launched March 25, China expressed
its concerns over deteriorating conditions in Yemen.
Egyptian-Chinese relations have been relatively positive in the past
decades, continuing after the January 25 Revolution in 2011, and
reaching high levels economically under the presidency of Abdel Fatah