Pic: ANI Cairo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi (PM Modi) will pay tribute to the brave Indian soldiers who lost their lives in Egypt and Palestine during the First World War during his first visit to Egypt starting on Saturday. Prime Minister Modi will pay a state visit to Egypt from June 24 to 25 in Cairo on the second leg of his two-nation tour. Modi is going to visit on the invitation of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Modi will be the first Indian Prime Minister since 1997 to visit Egypt on a bilateral visit. Modi will visit the Heliopolis War Memorial and pay homage to the martyred Indian soldiers. It stands as a memorial to the nearly 4000 Indian soldiers who died in Egypt and Palestine in World War I. Marwan, a local, said, “We have been told that the Prime Minister will soon visit the war memorial. The Egyptian people are generous and we will welcome them.” He said, “The Commonwealth Cemetery belongs to the soldiers who fought during the First World War. We always welcome visitors and tourists here and will especially welcome the Indian Prime Minister to Egypt.” At the entrance to the war memorial attached to the soldiers is the Heliopolis Port Tewfik Memorial, a pavilion in honor of the brave soldiers of India. Unfortunately the original monument at Port Tewfik was destroyed in the 1970s during the Israel Egypt conflict. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his statement on June 20 before leaving for the two-nation tour, had said that after his visit to the US, he would visit Cairo at the invitation of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. He had said, “I am excited to make my first state visit to a close and friendly country.” He had said, “I am delighted to welcome President CC as the chief guest at our Republic Day celebrations this year. These two visits in the space of a few months are a reflection of our rapidly developing partnership with Egypt, which was upgraded to a ‘strategic partnership’ during the visit of President Sisi. Prime Minister Modi had said, “I look forward to holding talks with President Sisi and senior members of the Egyptian government to further accelerate our civilizational and multi-faceted partnership.” I will also have the opportunity to interact with the dynamic Indian expatriate in Egypt.” PM Modi to visit Al Hakeem Mosque Prime Minister Modi during his visit to Egypt will visit Al Hakeem Mosque, which was renovated with the support of the Bohra community. It is to be known that during the visit to Egypt, Prime Minister Modi will also interact with the ‘India Unit’, which was formed in March after the Egyptian President returned from his visit to India. Many high-level ministers are involved in this unit. Prime Minister Modi will hold bilateral talks with President El Sisi of Egypt. Some MoUs will also be signed during this.