Initially, let me thank Japan Egypt Friendship Association, for giving me this opportunity to address the admirers of Egypt, and the Ancient Egyptian civilization.
I would like to convey to the people of Japan the greetings of H.E President El-Sisi & I want to assure you that I will work closely with Japan’s government and people to maintain and strengthen our relationship and deepen the existing cooperation and friendship, and to ensure the Japanese people have a better understanding of Egyptian history and culture.
Historically, Egypt was one of the first countries in the Middle East and Africa to develop bilateral relations with Japan, who has been a constant partner in promoting several key cultural, economic and educational projects. We highly appreciate Japan’s landmark projects in Egypt, which are major support for economy.
It gives me great pleasure to announce that, noticing an improvement in security conditions in Egypt, the Japanese authorities decided in June 2018 to ease its travel warning about Egypt. On the other hand, in order to facilitate travel between our two countries, Egypt Air, the national flagship carrier, has resumed direct flights between Cairo and Tokyo since October 2017, and it will be operating twice weekly from end of 2018. I am confident that the resumption of direct flights between our two countries will further strengthen tourism and investment and we are looking forward to witness a leap in Japanese tourists flow to Egypt in the near future.
I am honored to be serving Egypt as Ambassador to Japan, which is a great privilege, as well as a considerable challenge. I am certain that our bilateral relations shall prosper in the near future, and I would like to take this opportunity to confirm that we will continue to work to achieve our common goals, strengthening the existing political and social bonds, for a continued long term partnership between our governments and people.
His Excellency Mr. Ayman Aly KAMEL
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Arab Republic of Egypt