CAIRO: Egypt Saturday hosted a tripartite summit with Greece and Cyprus, where President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi praised the two countries’ efforts to support and enhance cooperation between Egypt and the European Union, according to a Saturday press conference held by the leaders.
Sisi said during the conference that both countries’ efforts emerge from their deep “political awareness” and “complete understanding” of the Egyptian situation and that they “had supported Egypt’s roadmap.”
Cyprian President Nicos Anastasiades said he considered his country Egypt’s ambassador to the European Union, and assured Cyprus’ full support to Egypt’s efforts at economic progress and combating Sinai terrorism, according to a presidency statement.
“It has clearly appeared during the discussions that the three countries have intentions to enhance relations between each other in all fields based on the existence of a wide base of common interests,” Sisi said during the conference held at the Ithadeya presidential palace.
Sisi also noted that bilateral discussions with both countries have highlighted current Middle Eastern issues, including the Palestinian situation, developments in Syria and Iraq, efforts to combat terrorist groups and the situation in Libya.
According to a statement by the Egyptian presidency, Sisi assured during his meeting with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras Egyptian care for Greek properties in Egypt—including the Monastery of St. Catherine—as part of Egypt’s guarantee of freedom of worship and the protection of religious sites.
Anastasiades noted in his comments that the three countries have agreed to development initiatives in the fields of gas and marine treaties, and signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding for cooperation in tourism.
Egypt previously signed an agreement with Cyprus on Dec. 12, 2013 over the development of hydrocarbon reserves along the maritime border between both countries in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
Egypt, Greece and Cyprus have strengthened partnerships in the fields of security and trade, according to Samaras during the conference.