By Yousef Ayoub
CAIRO: Greece will cooperate with Egypt in counterterrorism efforts through its position in international fora and the European Union to apply international law, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos told Youm7 in a Saturday report.
“As a member state of the European Union, we believe that Egypt plays a special role, not only in the Arab world, but also in the Islamic world. Egypt with its capabilities can play a substantial role in countering terrorism and illegal migration,” Pavlopoulos said.
He also said countries must apply any resolutions the international community agrees to regarding illegal migration, adding that the issue has humanitarian and security sides that should both be considered.
Egypt was the second country for Pavlopoulos to visit in two months after his elections, and days before the tripartite meeting between the leaders of Egypt, Greece and Cyprus in Nicoasia Wednesday.
The “tripartite alliance,” will exert efforts to counter illegal migration, and although it is a positive step that will set an example, controlling the Mediterranean needs more states’ participate, Pavlopoulos said, calling on the EU to help the countries often targeted by undocumented migrants, as well as the opposite countries across the Mediterranean.
The alliance could also help utilize resources in the sea, he said, underscoring his country’s interest in investment in Egypt, as Greece’s capital in its African neighbor amount to four billion euros.
The Greek president also tackled Ankara’s role in the Mediterranean, amid deteriorating Egyptian-Turkish relations.
“I think Turkey will finally understand the role it plays, that gives shelter to traffickers and smugglers who send batches of illegal migrants to neighboring countries. It is a wrong role, and so it will cooperate sternly to eliminate the activities of terrorist organizations, including the Daesh [Arabic for the Islamic State group,]” Pavlopoulos said.