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Minister’s visit to Egypt to focus on energy

Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis

Energy minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis left Monday on a flash visit to Cairo for energy-related talks with Egyptian officials.
According to an official announcement, Lakkotrypis is scheduled to meet on Tuesday with Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and the country’s Petroleum Minister Tarek El-Molla.
The purpose of the meetings is to “review ways of further strengthening cooperation between Cyprus and Egypt on hydrocarbons issues,” the announcement said.
Lakkotrypis returns to Cyprus on Tuesday evening.
Last month a huge natural gas reserve was discovered offshore Egypt, leading to concerns that the energy-hungry country may no longer have need for Cypriot natural gas.
Publically, Egyptian officials insist they are still keen on importing gas from Cyprus.
The two countries have completed a feasibility study for piping Cypriot gas from the ‘Aphrodite’ field to Egyptian shores.

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