Cyprus-Egypt cabinets to meet jointly soon, foreign minister says



The Ministerial Councils of Cyprus and Egypt will meet jointly soon, Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides said.

In statements following his visit to Cairo on Saturday and meetings with his counterpart and the Egyptian president, Christodoulides said in early June the MFs from Cyprus, Egypt, Greece and France will meet in Greece. He added that the EU would also ask to participate in the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum.

Christodoulides, in his statements, expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the visit to Cairo, saying that together with his counterpart Sameh Shoukry and President al Sisi they discussed a number of issues.

Regarding bilateral relations, the Cypriot Minister said that there is the will and determination to work on specific sectors and to further strengthen relations in areas such as economy, trade, investments, education. He explained that it is within this framework that the cabinets of the two countries will meet soon to discuss these issues.

The Foreign Minister also referred to trilateral cooperation, saying that last week the defense ministers of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt met in Nicosia and discussed cooperation with other countries such as Turkey. France. Hopefully, he added, the foreign ministers of the four countries will be able to have consultations in early June in Athens.

Christodoulides also said that cooperation in the energy and electricity sectors is well established and that the EU should apply to be part of the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum. He said that during his meetings he conveyed President Anastasiades’ congratulations to the Egyptian presidency for the central role played by Egypt in the crisis in Gaza, underlining its decisive role in the region in general.

Egypt’s foreign ministry issued a press release immediately after Christodoulides met with his counterpart, stressing that they had discussed strong bilateral relations, friendly ties and cooperation.

Foreign ministers agreed to speed up the realization of joint projects in the energy sector and to strengthen cooperation in the tourism industry.

The crisis in Gaza was also on the agenda and Shoukry stressed during the meeting that it is important that the peace process has a perspective.

In addition, the spokesperson for the Egyptian presidency said that President Sisi had expressed his willingness to further strengthen cooperation at the political, defense, trade and energy level. He also spoke of his desire to strengthen trilateral cooperation with Greece for the benefit of common interests in the Eastern Mediterranean and the challenges of the region.

Christodoulides, underlined the Egyptian presidency, drew the attention of President Anastasiades to the strong bilateral relations and cooperation in the region. He also expressed Cyprus’s support for Egypt’s interests in the EU.

Christodoulides and al Sisi also discussed trilateral partnerships, the crisis in the Middle East and other regional issues.



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