Cyprus Defence Minister meets Egyptian President

Cyprus Minister of Defence Chistoforos Fokaides who carries out an official visits to Cairo, held today separate meetings with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi and his Egyptian counterpart Sedki Sobhi.

According to a Public Information Office, during the meeting with Al Sisi, Fokaides conveyed Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and the Cypriot government’s sincere condolences for the victims of the recent terrorist attacks against the countrys Christian citizens.

Fokaides, who was the first foreign official to visit Cairo after the recent attacks, referred to the need to support Egypt in effectively tackling new threats and terrorism.

He also referred to the need for cooperation for the gradual transformation of the wider region of the Eastern Mediterranean from a region of problem, threats and divisions to a region of peace, stability and prosperity.

Fokaides recalled the long-standing ties of friendship, trust and mutual respect connecting the two countries.

He highlighted Egypts weight for the regions security, as well as the countrys leading role in the Arab world and Africa, stressing the need for support to Egypt especially from the EU. Cyprus is acting towards this direction, he said, according to the press release.

The Cypriot Minister also highlighted the strengthened bilateral relations that have been achieved in the last two years in all fields, noting that cooperation between Egypt and Cyprus is at its highest level.

Fokaides also met with his Egyptian counterpart Sedki Sobhi.

During the meeting the two Ministers announced the establishment of a standing coordinating committee to monitor the implementation of the bilateral military cooperation programme.

According to the press release, the programme reflects the two countries mutual view for the strengthening of their cooperation with a view to promoting peace, security and stability.

During the meeting the posting of Cyprus military attache as of October 2017 was announced. Egypt has recently appointed a military attache in Nicosia, reflecting the excellent relations between the two countries as well as their will to further develop their bilateral ties, the press release adds.

The two Ministers discussed issues concerning the bilateral relations, maritime and energy security, issues of regional security, as well as ways to tackle terrorism and crisis management. Fokaides also briefed his counterpart on the latest developments to the Cyprus problem.

He also tendered an invitation to Sobhi to visit Cyprus.

Sobhi visited Nicosia, in November 2015 in the first visit by an Egyptian Defence Minister. During his visit, the two countries signed a defence agreement between the two countries.

Fokaides will meet tomorrow with the Egyptian Minister of Military Production and will return home.

Source: Cyprus News Agency