The expansion of the trilateral cooperation of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt with other states in the region was agreed during a meeting held Wednesday in Nicosia between the foreign ministers of Cyprus and Egypt, Nikos Christodoulides and Sameh Shoukry.
According to diplomatic sources, at their meeting it was agreed to expand the trilateral cooperation with other countries in the region.
In November 2019, a trilateral summit will be held in Egypt at the level of the heads of state of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt. A business forum was also arranged to take place in Egypt to explore investment opportunities for Cypriot businessmen in connection with projects on the Suez Canal and the new administrative capital of Egypt.
The two ministers stressed during their meeting in Nicosia the importance of the East Mediterranean Gas Forum as well as the significance of turning this forum into an international organisation for energy issues.
They also discussed in length the challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean, in terms of what is taking place in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone and in other regional crises such as Libya, Sudan and Syria.
Ways of strengthening political partnership and bolster ongoing cooperation especially in the energy sector, were discussed during a meeting held in Nicosia between Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, who is paying Cyprus an official visit.
“I hope my visit marks another important step in our common efforts to further consolidate the very special and close ties between Egypt and Cyprus,” the Egyptian Minister said.
He added that the discovery and future exploitation of significant hydrocarbon reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean had brought new impetus to the countries’ strong partnership.
Christodoulides said that the Egyptian Minister’s visit was a shining example of the importance Cyprus and Egypt attach to “our fast evolving partnership and demonstrates our commitment to enhance our vibrant relations and our cooperation at a bilateral, trilateral and multilateral level”.