ISMAILIA (Sputnik) – Both Medvedev and Tsipras arrived in Egypt to attend the opening ceremony of a new shipping canal between the Mediterranean Sea and Red Sea in the Ismailia Governorate.
According to information materials, Medvedev is expected to have a discussion with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi following the New Suez Canal opening ceremony.
The opening of the New Suez Canal, parallel to the original canal built 146 years ago, has drawn numerous high-ranking officials to the ceremony.
French President Francois Hollande, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, Chinese Culture Minister Luo Shugang, as well as several African leaders are among other guests present at the ceremony.
The new 44.7-mile channel is part of the development of the surrounding area into an industrial, commercial and logistics hub that will include the construction of additional ports and improved shipping services.