Egyptian officials met councillors in Liverpool to discuss developing closer economic ties
Liverpool and Alexandria bond over Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah
The port cities of Liverpool, UK and Alexandria, Egypt are looking to develop closer economic ties, building on their shared admiration for Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah.
Salah, who joined Liverpool FC during last year's summer transfer window, has impressed Reds fans with his goal scoring abilities and was named CAF and BBC African Footballer of the Year as well as Premier League Player of the Month (November) in 2017.
The British Embassy in Cairo announced on Thursday that Lord Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Malcom Kennedy had welcomed Alexandria Port Authority’s Chairman Admiral Medhat Attia to the Merseyside city to explore possible cooperation.
At the end of the three-day visit, the British ambassador to Egypt said the two cities were planning a deeper partnership.
“Everyone knows Liverpool and Alexandria share a love of Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah. But the partnership is set to go deeper,” Ambassador John Casson said in a statement.
“Both cities are historic gateways to the world with major ports and unique identity cultural heritage. Liverpool is home of Britain’s oldest mosque and Alexandria holds Africa’s largest cathedral in Africa.
“I look forward to bigger and better cooperation between both cities to help create the strong economic future both our countries need.”
Egyptian officials, who were accompanied by British Consul-General in Alexandria Wendy Freeman and representatives from the Egyptian British Chamber of Commerce, also met with private companies to discuss bilateral economic cooperation.
In Egypt, Salah's footballing success serves as an inspiration for those suffering economic hardship that a better life is possible.
The 25-year-old, who was sold to Liverpool from Roma for a club record fee of £36.9 million (Dh193m), grew up in a remote village north of Cairo.
Salah was once rejected by his local Egyptian football club, only to go on and captain Egypt to its first World Cup finals since 1990.
In October when Salah scored a stoppage time goal giving Egypt a spot at Russia 2018, thousands of supporters took to the streets of Cairo to celebrate.