CAIRO, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi held talks on Wednesday with visiting Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in Cairo, where they discussed boosting economic and trade cooperation between the two countries.
"We discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations, especially in the economic, trade, investment, cultural and tourism fields, in the light of the close traditional friendship between the two countries," Sisi told a joint press conference with Sanchez following the meeting.
The Egyptian president described the discussions between the two sides as "fruitful and constructive," noting they agreed to work together to increase Spanish investments in Egypt.
"We stressed the need to take advantage of the great opportunities provided by the mega national projects being implemented in various parts of the country, especially in the fields of transportation, renewable energy, agriculture and others," Sisi said.
Sisi and Sanchez also discussed a number of regional and international issues of mutual interest, including the latest developments regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) built on the Nile River, an issue that saw a decade of fruitless tripartite talks between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan.
The Egyptian president reiterated Egypt's unrelenting efforts to preserve the country's water security and reach a tripartite comprehensive, fair and legally-binding agreement on the rules of filling and operating the dam.
For his part, the Spanish prime minister highlighted the historical ties between Spain and Egypt, commending Egypt's role in maintaining peace and security in the Middle East and the Mediterranean region.
Sanchez also appreciated Egypt's efforts in fighting illegal immigration to Europe via the Mediterranean Sea and combating terrorism and extremist thought.
He expressed Spain's keenness to support Egypt's ambitious measures to advance its economy and achieve comprehensive development.
The Spanish prime minister also emphasized Egypt's pivotal role in supporting Europe's relations with the Arab region, Africa and the Southern Mediterranean.