Cyprus – Egypt cooperation in the field of energy at the center of Foreign Minister visit to Egypt

Cooperation between Cyprus and Egypt in the field of energy, including the planned subsea pipeline for the transport of natural gas from Cyprus to Egypt, was an important part of the meetings of Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides, who concluded on Wednesday his working visit to Egypt.

According a Foreign Ministry press release, during the visit, Christodoulides had a series of meetings with officials of the country. It is noted that it was the first visit of a Foreign Minister to Egypt after the re-election of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

During his visit, the Foreign Minister was received by President Sisi, while he was engaged in extensive consultations with his counterpart, Foreign Minister of the country, Sameh Shoukry.

In addition, the Foreign Minister had a meeting with the Egyptian Prime Minister, Sherif Ismail.

The excellent bilateral relations between the two countries were discussed during the meetings, along with practical ways to substantially upgrade them. It was also promoted significant number of bilateral agreements covering areas such as energy, trade, education and tourism.

The strategic relationship between Cyprus and Egypt and its importance in addressing the challenges facing the two countries and in achieving mutually beneficial goals, was also reaffirmed in this context.

An important subject of the meetings was the cooperation between the two countries in the field of energy as well as the next steps, including the planned subsea pipeline for the transport of natural gas from the Republic of Cyprus to Egypt.

There was also an exchange of views and coordination with regard to the tripartite cooperation between Cyprus, Egypt and Greece, as a model of exemplary regional cooperation with tangible positive results for the Eastern Mediterranean region and beyond.

Also, Minister of Foreign Affairs had the opportunity to brief his interlocutors about the Turkish provocation within the Cypriot EEZ.

In this context, it was noted that any acts and behaviors that violate international law undermine the stability and security of the region, as well as the interests of all states and the prospects for cooperation between them.

They also discussed the current situation and prospects for EU-Egypt relations, as well as current major regional developments, with special reference to Syria and the Palestinian problem.

The Foreign Minister thanked Egypt for its long-standing support for Cyprus issue, while the Egyptian side welcomed the role played by the Republic of Cyprus for Cairo � Brussels relations and the EU policy in general area.

Source: Cyprus News Agency