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Leaders of Egypt, Greece, Cyprus Pledge to Strengthen Cooperation in Energy, Terrorism

Leaders of Egypt, Greece, Cyprus Pledge to Strengthen Cooperation in Energy, Terrorism

Thursday, 11 October, 2018 - 06:45
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, center, Greek Prime minister Alexis Tsipras, right, and Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi talk during their meeting in Crete, Nov. 21, 2017. (File/AP)

The leaders of Egypt, Greece and Cyprus reiterated on Wednesday the importance of boosting joint cooperation, particularly in the fields of energy, natural gas exploration and the formation of a bulwark against extremism and terrorism.

At the end of a tripartite summit - the sixth of its kind in four years - attended by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on the Greek island of Crete, ministers and officials from the three sides signed joint cooperation agreements in various fields, including industry and commerce.

Speaking at the end of the summit, Sisi said: “The cooperation mechanism between our three countries is a solid strategic foundation in the region and reflects our sincere desire to move forward with our long partnership, which is based not only on the realities of geographical proximity but also on historical legacy and the common cultural divide.”

On the efforts to combat terrorism, Sisi said that the Egyptian-Greek-Cypriot tripartite summit would always represent an “invincible fortress in the face of the escalating challenges, first and foremost of which the expansion of extremism and terrorism.”

For his part, the Greek prime minister emphasized his support to Cyprus on the issue of sovereignty over the northern part of its territory.

“We support the stability of Cyprus and efforts to resolve the Cypriot problem, based on United Nations resolutions,” he said, calling for dialogue to find a solution to this dispute.

“The international law and the resolutions of the United Nations must be respected in this regard… and the Turkish occupation of the island must end,” he noted.

Anastasiades pointed to the need to organize a conference between the Arab world and the European Union, and that there should be “initiatives that help Egypt to be a central axis of stability in the region.” He also called for expanding cooperation in the region, especially with Lebanon and Jordan.

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