CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al -Sisi accepted a proposal offered by Greek Prime Minster Alexis Tsipras Wednesday over forming the committee to re-draw sea borders between both countries, in light of tripartite talks being held in Cyprus and attended with its president Nicos Anastasiades, Youm 7 reported.
The move comes as the nations are trying to place pressure on regional rival Turkey, which currently occupies the northern part of the Cypriot island.
Wednesday’s talks come as part of a series of ongoing discussions held by the trio; their first summit was held in Cairo in September 2014, when Cyprus and Greece pledged to support Egypt to combat terrorism and illegal immigration.
In a news conference following today’s talk, Sisi assured the persistence of the cooperation between the trios. “We will keep cooperating in different fields, especially in the power sector and the natural gas,” said Sisi.
Former interim President Adly Mansour signed in 2013 an agreement with Cyprus over gas industry cooperation.
In December 2014, Egypt and Cyprus signed an agreement over the development of hydrocarbon reserves along the maritime border between both countries in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EZZ).