CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received Greek president Prokopis Pavlopulos Thursday for a two- day visit to Cairo.
Pavlopulos is set to attend the opening of the Mar Girgis Monastery in Cairo, and will also meet representatives of the Greek community in Egypt, Youm 7 reported.
The Greek president visit comes following a series of frequent talks which took place between both Mediterranean countries. In November 2014, Cairo hosted a summit attended former Greek prime minster Antonis Samars and Cyprian president Nicos Anastasiades. The purpose of the summit was to improve Egyptian- European Union (EU) relations, as many of its members of the former rejected the military intervention to oust the Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi after mass protests calling for the end of his rule in June 2013.
Some analysts speculated that this cooperation would put political pressure on Turkey, which has very chilly relations with the Sisi administration. Cyprus has often lashed out at Turkish state over what it claims is occupation of Northern parts of the island.
Greece is the sixth largest foreign investor in Egypt, and Egypt’s former interim President Adly Mansour signed an agreement with the Cypriot over the cooperation in the gas industry field.