The President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades met with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah Al Sisi in Cairo on Sunday for the first Cyprus-Egypt Intergovernmental Summit.
At the press conference held after the first Intergovernmental Meeting, the Egyptian President expressed Egypt’s firm support to Nicosia on the Cyprus issue.
Sisi advocated respect for international law in the Cyprus issue, spoke about the need not to interfere in the internal affairs of other states and expressed his country’s firm support for Cyprus on the Cyprus issue.
He welcomed the Cypriot President and all the Ministers who accompanied him “to their second country Egypt”, as he said, stressing the great potential of the two friendly countries to achieve their common interests as a model of cooperation at the regional level.
Both Presidents expressed their willingness for further closer cooperation between the two countries in all fields.
President Anastasiades described “yesterday’s Intergovernmental Summit as historic, as it is the first to be held between the two countries, confirming not only the excellence of our relations, but also the common will to substantially strengthen the already rich contractual framework of cooperation on the one hand, and to further upgrade and strengthen our political-economic ties on the other”.
He noted that “during the Summit, as well as during the bilateral contacts between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Energy, Agriculture, Agriculture, Education and the Deputy Minister of Maritime Affairs, we had the opportunity both to review the already close cooperation between the two countries and to develop ideas and views on expanding it in new areas.
President Anastasiades described the cooperation with Egypt as “strategic”.
In a post from Cairo, the President said: “With the President during the Summit and the bilateral contacts between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Energy, Defence, Agriculture, Education and Maritime Affairs, we had the opportunity to develop ideas and views on expanding our cooperation in new areas. There was mutual support for the establishment of the #G2G Summit to examine the implementation of sectoral partnerships on the basis of the roadmap we have defined and our broader cooperation, which is now seen as strategic.”
As the Presidency’s Twitter page also reports, the following were agreed between the two countries:
Negotiations for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in the fields of Higher Education and Research and the Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Qualifications, aiming to strengthen cooperation between academic institutions and to increase the exchange of students.
On the basis of the Cyprus-Egypt Agreement in the field of Electricity and Renewable Energy Sources, the exchange of know-how was agreed upon, especially on the utilization of solar thermal and photovoltaic systems, as well as the production of green hydrogen.
In the field of trade, it was agreed to establish business forums to strengthen links between the business chambers, with a view to increasing trade in services and goods, particularly pharmaceuticals and aquaculture products./ibna