Sisi, Cypriot president, Greek PM to hold tripartite summit in Athens Tuesday
Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi - AP

CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al Sisi, his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras are scheduled to hold a tripartite summit in Athens Tuesday, Youm7 reported.

Sisi will arrive in Athena Tuesday in a two-day visit during which he will meet with members of the Egyptian-Greek Business Forum, said presidential office source.

The summit will convene in the light of resuming the distinguished outcomes of Cairo and Nicosia tripartite summits which were held in November 2014 and April 2015.

In the November 2014 Summit, leaders of the three countries pledged to support Egypt to combat terrorism and illegal immigration while during April summit, Sisi accepted a proposal offered by Tsipras to form a committee to re-draw sea borders between both countries.

The move comes as the two nations are trying to place pressure on Turkey, which currently occupies the northern part of the Cypriot island.

In his speech in Nicosia, Sisi assured the persistence of the cooperation among the trios.  “We will keep cooperating in different fields, especially in the power and the natural gas sectors.”

On Dec. 12, 2013, Egypt has signed an agreement with Cyprus 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 several agreements with Egypt, Lebanon and Israel to use and explore the area.

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