Gamal Nkrumah, Al-Ahram | November 24, 2008
Egyptian President Mubarak has made the first official state visit of Egypt to India in a quarter century. ++ Mubarak came with his Foreign Minister and his ministers of Trade and Communications. ++ "The two countries pledged to quadruple bilateral trade to $10 billion by 2010," and promised to work together on issues of terrorism, climate change, the financial crisis, and food and energy security. ++ The visit demonstrates the growing power of the East (India and China) and India's desire to reconnect with the Middle East.