Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi stressed the need to strengthen cooperation with Cyprus, stressing his country’s support for the Cypriot cause and its interests in the Mediterranean.
He also stressed, in a joint press conference with his Cypriot counterpart, Nicos Anastasiades, from Cairo, today, Saturday, the strengthening of the tripartite cooperation mechanism between Cyprus, Greece and Egypt, on joint files. He called for the need for all countries to respect international law in the eastern Mediterranean.
In addition, he pointed out that the two sides discussed several regional files from Libya to the Renaissance Dam, explaining that Egypt adheres to the issue of reaching a binding and legal agreement on the Renaissance Dam.
As for the Libyan file, he indicated that his country believes that holding the elections on time is a very important issue, and that it adheres to the issue of the exit of all foreign forces.
For his part, the Cypriot president affirmed that his country has a common will with Egypt to strengthen political and economic ties.
He reiterated his position on Turkey, stressing that Ankara’s actions are inconsistent with all international and United Nations resolutions.
He also referred to the need to resolve the Cyprus issue, in accordance with Security Council resolutions.
Electricity and gas
In addition, he made it clear that the inauguration of the Higher Governmental Committee between Egypt and Cyprus at the presidential level would represent a new step on the way to strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries, which constitutes a pillar of regional stability, and maximizes the two sides’ benefit from the opportunities and potentials inherent in bilateral cooperation relations. He announced that his country will sign this month the electrical interconnection agreement with Egypt, and will seek to activate the gas transportation agreement as well.
On the Libyan file as well, he made it clear that the views are identical in this context, calling for the exit of all foreign forces from Libya.
Turkish ship in the Eastern Mediterranean (Associated Press)
It is noteworthy that this press conference, which was held today in the Egyptian capital, was the culmination of a presidential meeting, the first of its kind between the two countries, within the framework of the work of the Joint Higher Committee, in order to discuss strengthening relations and cooperation in the fields of security and energy.
The government committee, which was held for the first time at the presidential level, also dealt with several aspects of bilateral relations, especially in the fields of defense, military cooperation, investment, maritime transport, agriculture, education, environment, and youth.
The rapprochement between Cyprus, Egypt and Greece emerged more clearly last year, during the escalation of tensions in the eastern Mediterranean against the background of Turkey’s exploration for gas in disputed areas with Greece and Cyprus.