Sisi, Renzi discuss investments, Libyan turmoil in phone call
President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi addresses attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York - REUTERS

CAIRO: Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi spoke with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in a telephone call Friday where both leaders discussed issues of mutual concern.

“Prime Minister Renzi expressed his appreciation for mutual coordination and stressed the importance of cooperating on issues of mutual concern. He also noted that Italy is keen on supporting Italian companies working in Egypt,” a presidential statement said Friday.

The call came after Sisi’s Thursday meeting with Claudio Descalzi; Chief Executive Officer of Italian energy company Eni.

The leaders tackled regional issues of mutual concerns, particularly political turmoil in Libya and the international efforts to combat terrorism, the statement added.

During Sisi’s meeting with Descalzi, the president said that the newly discovered Zohr gas field in Egypt’s Mediterranean territorial water will “increase the activities to serve the interests of both countries,” said Egyptian Presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef in a statement Thursday.

Sisi has been updated on the onshore and offshore infrastructure and the interconnection network that are necessary for gas production, scheduled to be launched by 2017, Youssef noted.

In August, Eni SpA has announced the discovery the supergiant natural gas field off Egypt. In a previous meeting with Descalzi in October, President Sisi has asked to expedite the gas production.

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