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Egypt's Sissi Starts India Visit, Likely to Meet Kerry

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, center left is received by Indian Junior Minister for Minority Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, right upon arrival at the airport in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Sept.1, 2016.

Egypt's president has begun an official visit to India, where he is also expected to meet with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who extended his stay in the country.

A U.S. Embassy official said Kerry and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi were expected to meet late Thursday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

The Egyptian president is to hold talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.

Kerry had been scheduled to return to Washington on Thursday after visiting India. The embassy official said he will now join President Barack Obama in China for the G-20 summit this weekend.

President el-Sissi is accompanied by Cabinet ministers and business leaders.

Egypt has traditionally been one of India's most important trading partners in the African continent. The two countries are expected to sign agreements on Friday covering economic and cultural ties.

Trade between the two countries reached $4.76 billion in the past year, making India Egypt's sixth-largest trading partner, according to India's External Affairs Ministry.