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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi shake hands following a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany June 3, 2015. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Cairo – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi arrived in Berlin on Sunday to attend a summit that will address cooperation between G20 and African countries and to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Egypt’s Ambassador to Germany Badr Abdul Ati said that the visit would include extensive bilateral discussions on the situation in the Middle East and efforts to fight terrorism, revealing the presence of a security report that talks about an increase in the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in eastern Germany.

A statement by the Egyptian presidential office said that the summit hosted by Merkel was aimed at promoting cooperation between the G20 and the African states on the different development levels.

The statement added that the German president was expected to launch a cooperation initiative with Africa focused on building partnerships with international financial institutions, with the aim to provide an adequate atmosphere to attract foreign investments in Africa.

The statement also said that Sisi would deliver a speech before the summit and participate in a roundtable on private investments in the infrastructure of African countries.

Egypt’s presidential spokesperson noted that Sisi’s visit to Berlin would also see discussions over the means to promote bilateral ties during meetings with Germany’s top officials, including Merkel and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel.

The African countries’ conference comes ahead of the G20 Summit, scheduled to take place on July 7.

Egyptian officials who accompanied Sisi include Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Industry and Trade Minister Tarek Qabil, International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr, Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority Mohab Mamish, Sisi’s office manager Abbas Kamel, president spokesperson Alaa Youssef and others.

On a different note, the Egyptian ambassador said that the German intelligence services were closely monitoring suspicious activities by the Muslim Brotherhood in eastern Germany.

The ambassador added that a security report contained information on the increase of the role of the Brotherhood in that region of the country, which was previously part of the Soviet Union.

Abdul Ati stressed that the German security bodies were highly concerned about the movement’s activities, adding that the Germans now consider the Brotherhood as an extremist group.