Egypt–Japan relations

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Egypt–Japan relations
Map indicating locations of Egypt and Japan

Egypt

Japan

Egypt–Japan relations are foreign relations between Egypt and Japan. Such relations are described by the Egyptian ambassador to Japan as a "very strong friendship",[1] with embassies mutually established.[2] At present, the two nations maintain a cordial relationship with strong economic and trade relations.[3]

History[edit]

Relations between the two countries are traceable as far back as the nineteenth century. However, modern relations were established in 1922, when Japan recognised Egypt's independence.[4] Since then, there has been a history of a cordial relationship, with several visits by senior diplomats and, most notably, visits by respective heads of state- in 1995, Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama visited Egypt and former President Mubarak of Egypt has visited Japan on several occasions 1983, 1995, and 1999.[5][6][7]

Between 1998 and 2002, Japan loaned, granted and provided more than $3.5 billion to Egypt[8] In 2002, bilateral trade between Egypt and Japan exceeded $1 billion;[9] giving ambulances, a bridge and the visitor centre at the Valley of the Kings.

As of October 2009, 1051 Japanese citizens reside in Egypt. 90,000 Japanese visited Egypt in 2009 and 3,500 Egyptian visited Japan in 2007.[5]

Diplomacy[edit]

Japan considers Egypt to be a key player in the Middle East and, as such, sees Egypt as a vital part of its diplomacy in the region[5] The two heads of government have been known to support each other on issues pertaining to the peace process in the middle east.[10]

The two countries maintain a "Joint Committee" dedicated to exploring developments in areas of mutual interest to the two countries.[11]

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