Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, attended on Friday the opening ceremony of the 24th edition of the Winter Olympics held in Beijing.
Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, and a number of leaders of states also attended the ceremony, Egypt’s Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said.
El-Sisi arrived in the Chinese capital on Thursday to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter games.
The 2022 Olympics, the first-ever Winter Olympics to be held in China and its second Olympics in total after hosting the 2008 games, is scheduled to last until 20 February under strict coronavirus measures.
On 24 January, Egypt celebrated the Beijing Winter Olympics by lighting up the historic Cairo Tower with the slogans ‘Beijing 2022’ and ‘See you in Beijing’ in Arabic, English and Chinese, in the attendance of Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Liao Liqiang.
The Cairo Tower also played the official song of the Beijing Winter Olympics ‘Together for a shared future’.
Last year, Egypt and China marked the 65th anniversary of the establishment of Egyptian-Chinese diplomatic ties. Egypt was the first African and Arab state to establish diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China.