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Egypt, Cyprus Seek Coordination to Boost Stability in Eastern Mediterranean

Egypt, Cyprus Seek Coordination to Boost Stability in Eastern Mediterranean

Friday, 27 May, 2022 - 08:00
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (R) and Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulidis (L) during a meeting in Cairo, Egypt, 26 May 2022. (EPA)

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Cypriot counterpart Ioannis Kasoulidis stressed the deep bilateral ties between their countries in various fields.

During a press conference in Cairo, Shoukry hailed the cooperation between Egypt and Cyprus as firm and based on transparency, friendship, and clarity.

Egypt and Cyprus are keen to boost stability in the Eastern Mediterranean and to tackle the challenges that the region faces, the top Egyptian diplomat said.

Shoukry added that Cyprus continues to deliver Egypt’s voice to members of the European Union regarding important issues linked to Egyptian national security and the efforts to bolster security and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Shoukry and Kasoulidis held extensive talks earlier, where they discussed cooperation in many fields, starting with trade, energy, and investments.

The two ministers also reviewed the outcome of the past meetings of the Egypt-Cyprus joint committee and discussed preparations for future one.

They discussed regional issues, including the Palestinian cause, the situation in Libya, efforts to achieve stability in the East Mediterranean region, and the activation of the EastMed Gas Forum.

The Cypriot FM said his country seeks to boost the bilateral strategic relations with Egypt, expressing satisfaction with the progress recently achieved in these relations on all levels.

He also hailed Egypt’s role regarding climate issues as Egypt prepares to host the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in November.

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit on Thursday discussed with Cypriot FM the latest developments at the regional and international levels.

The Ukrainian crisis was also among their talking points.

Aboul-Gheit called for reaching a diplomatic solution to the conflict that leads to a ceasefire, so as to mitigate the crisis' impact on food security in the region.

They also discussed the latest developments of the Palestinian cause and the Syrian crisis, and ways of benefiting from the energy sources in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

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