CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will head to Cyprus Wednesday for a one-day visit to attend a tripartite summit with his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades and the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, said the Egyptian Presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef in a statement.
“The President’s visit to Cyprus and his meeting with the Cypriot President and Greek Prime Minister come in light of the distinguished relations among the three countries and the outcomes of Cairo tripartite summit which was held in November 2014 and gave impetus to the cooperation among the three states,” the statement read.
In the Cairo Summit, leaders of the three countries pledged to support Egypt to combat terrorism and illegal immigration.
Greek President Prokopis Pavlopulos attended the inauguration of the Mar Girgis Monastery in Cairo during a two-day visit last week.
Egypt has strengthened its relations with many European Union countries, especially after most of them expressed their opposition to the ouster of the former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 by the military.
Egypt 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).
The zone is a maritime territory over which a state has special rights of the exploration and use of its resources; Cyprus has signed agreements between Egypt, Lebanon and Israel to use and explore the area.
Former interim President Adly Mansour signed in 2013 an agreement with Cyprus over gas industry cooperation.
Additional reporting by Nourhan Magdi