Remote sensing, satellite communication, space science, and practical applications of space technology will be areas where both countries will strengthen their cooperation.
India and Egypt have agreed to expand cooperation in space and intensify their joint research activities in this field.
Earlier in the week, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi visited India, which is being described as historic as he is the first Egyptian President to have been invited as the Chief Guest at the Republic Day parade of January 26.
The Egyptian leader came to India on an official visit in the company of a high-level delegation, which includes Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Energy Minister Mohamed El-Markabi and other senior Egyptian officials.
In a statement, India’s Ministry of External Affairs said: “The two leaders agreed to expand cooperation in the field of space by utilizing India’s expertise in building and launching satellites and space technology applications. They considered strengthening cooperation in space research in areas such as remote sensing, satellite communication, space science, and practical applications of space technology.”
Egyptian Space Agency is looking to leverage the partnership to train its engineers in satellite subsystem development, using artificial intelligence in space-related projects, and developing accurate and advanced applications in space.
The leaders of Egypt and India also agreed to develop defence cooperation by further exchanging military technologies and conducting joint exercises.
Space cooperation is an emerging vertical of cooperation between India and Egypt. Joint Working Group meetings and discussions between ISRO and NARSS (National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences) have been held, since an MoU was signed in 2008. With Egypt having established EgSA (Egyptian Space Agency) in 2019, both sides have agreed on drafting a new MoU to include EgSA and cover other developments in the sector which is in process.