Egypt, Cyprus, Greece Hold Tripartite Summit

CAIRO, Oct. 11 (SEE) – President Abdel Fattah El Sisi participated on Wednesday in the sixth round of a tripartite cooperation summit with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades in Greece’s Crete island, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said.

The summit began with talks among the three leaders, as President Sisi commended holding these meetings periodically, a matter which reflects the strength and depth of ties among the three countries and keenness on expanding frameworks of cooperation.

The tripartite summit between Egypt, Greece and Cyprus

“The three leaders agreed on setting up a secretary executive, which will be based in Cyprus to follow up implementation of decisions and outcomes of the meetings,” Rady added.

He noted that they also agreed on established an Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum, which will be based in Cairo. The forum will include the producing and importing countries of natural gas in addition to the transit states in the Eastern Mediterranean area.

“The forum is set to coordinate the policies of natural gas usage in the region and speed up benefiting from the current and future reserves of gas in order to achieve the common interests of the region’s states,” the presidential spokesman said.

The talks touched on the executive situation of the tripartite ventures among the three countries at all levels, as the three leaders hailed the efforts exerted to develop the cooperation levels.

The Cypriot president and Greek premier lauded the progress achieved in the Egyptian economy and improvement of the economic indicators, expressing their interest in boosting trade and economic relations with Egypt in light of the mega national projects, currently established topped by the New Administrative Capital and Suez Canal Economic Zone.

“The get-together tackled a number of regional issues including the Syrian, Palestinian and Libyan crises,” Rady continued.

The three states stressed the importance of security of energy lines in the region, combating terrorism and extremist thoughts and dealing with the causes of illegal immigration.

In the meantime, the Cypriot and Greek leaders hailed the role played by Egypt in the Middle East and East Mediterranean regions, stressing their support to Egypt in the international events, particularly its ties with the European Union.

“After the summit, the three countries inked a number of memorandum of understandings in the fields of investment, education, customs cooperation, and small projects followed by a press conference,” Rady concluded.

President Sisi with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades (R) and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (in the middle)

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