Cyprus Mail

President Anastasiades meets President of Egypt

The discovery of important hydrocarbons reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean could and must serve as a catalyst for a broader cooperation on a regional level, President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi have highlighted, according to a joint communiqué issued following their meeting held on Tuesday in New York.

According to the joint communiqué, the two Presidents discussed issues of mutual interest, including the political transition in Egypt, the negotiations on the Cyprus Problem, the recent developments in the Middle East (Syria, Iraq, Libya, Gaza) and their impact on regional security and economy.

Cyprus and Egypt stressed the importance of cooperation of the moderate forces in the area to tackle the regional challenges and defy terrorism, in all its forms.

Cyprus expressed its support for the road map, as decided by the Egyptian people. Egypt reaffirmed its firm support for a solution of the Cyprus Problem on the basis of the UNSC resolutions.

Cyprus and Egypt reconfirmed the excellent state of their bilateral relations and expressed their determination to further strengthen their mutually beneficial cooperation and to build a strategic relationship between the two countries.

Following the acceptance of the invitation extended by Nicos Anastasiades to Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to visit Cyprus for the first time by the end of the year, something that will greatly enhance bilateral relations in all fields.

The two Presidents expressed their commitment to intensify the exchange of visits and consultations between the two Governments in the next few months in order to be able to ratify bilateral agreements on issues that are currently being discussed when the President of Egypt visits Cyprus.

The two leaders, finally agreed to further promote cooperation between the EU and the Arab world.

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