CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al Sisi, his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades and the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras are scheduled to hold a tripartite summit in Athens Dec. 9, Al Ahram reported Friday.
Leaders of the three countries will discuss issues of mutual concern, particularly in the areas of trade and investment, agriculture, energy, cultural exchanges and information cooperation, Cyprus Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides was quoted by Al Ahram.
This will be the third tripartite summit of the heads of the three states as they met in Cairo in November 2014 and discussed issues related to terrorism and illegal immigration.
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.