Egypt’s Sisi says pound will strengthen over coming months

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Thursday that the country's currency, the pound, was not valued fairly against the dollar but that the exchange rate would reach equilibrium after a few months.

Egypt abandoned its peg of 8.8 Egyptian pounds to the US dollar on November 3, floating the currency in a bold move that has since seen it roughly halve in value. The depreciation has helped push headline inflation to an eight-year high.
"This dollar issue will not last like this for long… because this is not its fair price (agains) the Egyptian pound's real price is not 17 or 18," Sisi said in a televised speech marking an upcoming religious holiday.
"But for the equilibrium that we are talking about to be reached, we will need some months."

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