Today, Tuesday, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi delivered a speech at the start of the tripartite summit between Egypt, Cyprus and Greece.
The text of the speech was as follows:
My dear friend, President Kyriakos, Prime Minister of the Republic of Greece, my dear friend, His Excellency President Nikos, President of the Republic of Cyprus, I am overwhelmed with a renewed feeling of pleasure whenever I am on the land of this friendly country, which is not hidden from you what the Egyptian people have in common with the ancient civilizational heritage and common historical ties throughout the ages and times .
While I extend my sincere thanks to you, President Kyriakos, for the warm reception and generous hospitality, I am fully confident in your wise management of the activities of this ninth meeting of the tripartite cooperation mechanism between Egypt, Greece and Cyprus.
Dear Partners, Allow me to begin my speech with the necessary note of our great pride in the achievement of the tripartite cooperation mechanism between our countries so far. Since its inception nearly eight years ago, our partnership has succeeded in perpetuating the importance of periodic consultation and close coordination between us on regional and international files that affect our countries and all peoples. It also reflected a mutual commitment to enabling this mode of cooperation to translate its political and diplomatic moves into a package of fruitful projects on the ground, and in various economic, cultural, security and military sectors.
In addition, it has recently witnessed urgent challenges and crises such as forest fires, and before that the “Corona” pandemic, which caused difficult health and economic challenges, all of which showed the willingness of the three countries to support each other in difficult situations.
In this context, allow me to extend my sincere thanks to our Greek and Cypriot partners for providing shipments of vaccinations against the “Corona” virus in support of Egyptian efforts to confront the pandemic, and to uphold the values of solidarity among friends in a time of distress.
Dear Brothers Over the past few years; The tripartite cooperation mechanism contributed to agreeing on cooperation projects in the sectors of energy, tourism, transport, agriculture, and others. There are also promising prospects for strengthening cooperation ties between our three countries in a number of other vital sectors such as tourism, the environment and confronting the phenomenon of climate change. Of our capabilities and resources that qualify us to achieve the aspirations of our peoples towards greater prosperity and prosperity.
In view of Egypt’s special interest in strengthening cooperation between our three countries in the fields of energy, whether in its traditional form or in connection with its renewable sources; It is my personal happiness to witness with you today the signing of the tripartite agreement in the field of electrical interconnection to build on what happened a few days ago by concluding two bilateral agreements to connect the electrical grid in Egypt with Greece and Cyprus at the bilateral level, which we consider as a preliminary step that brings us closer to the common goal. What we aspire to, which is the electrical connection later with the rest of the European continent.
Perhaps it is important for us to work together to build on this initial step in order to create a parallel momentum with regard to the endeavor to establish a marine pipeline to transport natural gas from the Cypriot “Aphrodite” field to the Egyptian liquefaction stations in Damietta and Idku in preparation for the supply of liquefied gas from Egypt to Greece, and from there later to many From European countries, which is consistent with the aspirations of establishing the East Mediterranean Gas Forum as a reliable entity in order to better plan regional cooperation projects, and to maximize the benefit of member states and peoples of the region from natural gas reserves and hydrocarbon resources in the Mediterranean, and in line with the rules of international law and the principle of Respect the sovereignty of states over their territories and resources.
Dear Partners, Our meeting today is an important opportunity to address a number of regional and international issues of mutual interest, foremost of which is the file of stability in the Eastern Mediterranean, including the need to respect the unity and sovereignty of the countries of the region and non-interference in their internal affairs, as well as observing the requirements of maritime security for each country. Being part of regional security.
Needless to say, it is not possible to address the Eastern Mediterranean region without emphasizing in this context our renewed support for the endeavors of the Republic of Cyprus with the aim of finding a comprehensive and just solution to the Cyprus issue based on the relevant international legitimacy and Security Council resolutions, and in a manner that leads to the reunification of the two parts of the island, emphasizing On the importance of the commitment of all parties concerned not to violate the territorial waters or airspace, whether of the Republic of Cyprus or the Republic of Greece.
Dear friends, Our meeting today is also an appropriate opportunity for me to re-emphasize Egypt’s top priority to the issue of water security and our rights in the waters of the Nile River, as it is a crucial issue that requires making all possible efforts to reach a binding legal agreement on the rules for filling and operating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. During our deliberations, I am pleased to inform you in detail about our latest endeavors to reach a just solution to this issue in the face of the unjustified, understandable or acceptable intransigence of our brothers in Ethiopia.
I am also looking forward to the resumption of today’s meeting about important files that are directly related to our national security and have a significant impact on the overall stability in our common regional neighborhood, on top of which is the Palestinian issue, the Libyan file, the situation in Syria, and ways to support brotherly Lebanon.
We affirm that our regular and regular exchange of opinion and the close coordination of our positions on these issues and others related to the stability of the region is one of the main pillars of our successful tripartite partnership.
Dear Partners, We consider our tripartite partnership as a bridge of understanding and harmony across the two shores of the Mediterranean, between Egypt and the European continent.
From this standpoint, Egypt is counting on its Greek and Cypriot partners to support its vision and explain its positions within the broader framework of the European Union, consolidating and deepening the Egyptian-European partnership, which is based on balance, respect and mutual benefit.
In this regard, I am pleased, during our deliberations, to review with you the important steps that Egypt has taken in the human rights file by launching the National Human Rights Strategy last September, as well as discussing ways to inform our European partners about these important developments, so that the seriousness of the Egyptian state’s endeavors to uphold rights and dignity becomes clear. its citizens from a comprehensive perspective.
Your Excellency, Your Excellency, the phenomenon of terrorism continues as a present danger that deprives the peoples of the region of their most basic human rights; That is, the right to security and a decent life, in the midst of cross-border crises that are no less dangerous, such as the phenomenon of illegal immigration and the associated activities of organized crime and human trafficking.
We fully understand the importance that our partners attach to joining hands in the face of these phenomena that threaten stability, which motivates us to make every possible effort on our part to reduce their repercussions, and the consequent great financial burdens, which Egypt willingly bears, as a contribution to supporting regional and international stability.
Mr. Prime Minister, Mr. President, allow me to express my happiness once again to meet you today in Athens, and I cannot but extend my sincere thanks to you – my dear friends – for your sincere conviction of the importance of cooperation between our countries, and therefore the importance of launching the tripartite cooperation mechanism to wider horizons in The framework of openness and mutual interest in strengthening the pillars of security and stability in the region and the world at large.
While I reiterate my aspiration for a useful and constructive exchange of visions between us on the topics on the agenda of our meeting today, I cannot fail to emphasize in this context our aspiration to host the tenth meeting of the tripartite cooperation mechanism next year, and to welcome you all as dear guests in Egypt, God willing.