Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias was welcomed in Cairo on Sunday, December 1st, by the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry, with the two men engaging in a discussion on ways to boost bilateral relations in various areas, in response to regional and international issues of common interest.
The spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Hafez, following the meeting, issued a statement noting that Shoukry had praised the development of cooperation relations between Cairo and Athens in various areas, underlining the positive results of the bilateral meeting held between President Abdel Fatt -Sisi and the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, as well as the trilateral meeting between Egypt, Greece and Cyprus in October 2019 in Cairo.
Hafez stated that Sameh Shoukry had highlighted the importance of keeping up the cooperation between Egypt and Greece, in order to maintain the momentum in relations at all levels, especially when it comes to economic interactions between the two countries.
According to the Ministry spokesman, Shoukry stressed the need to strengthen economic and trade ties, while upgrading the value of trade to reflect the level of close political relations and the proximity of ports between the two countries.
Shoukry also pointed out the importance of encouraging Greek companies to enhance their investment activity in Egypt, in order to exploit the plethora of promising opportunities in various fields for the benefit of the peoples of the two friendly countries.
He also went on to add that the two Ministers focused on regional issues and on ways to address developments in the area, in particular the latest developments in the Libyan issue, with the recent signing of two Memoranda of Cooperation between Ankara and the Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj.
According to the spokesman for the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the agreements are not part of the framework set by the Skhirat Agreement; during the discussions Shukry and Dendias shared, Turkey’s negative intervention in the Libyan issue was analyzed, in contrast to the overall political efforts aimed at resolving the issue. The two sides also talked about the situation on the Palestinian issue and the future of the peace process, where they expressed their commitment to a two-state solution so that the desired peace can be achieved, while they reviewed their positions on the most important affairs in the region, including developments in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen and Iran. The two Ministers also discussed major international issues of common interest, including counter-terrorism and illegal immigration.
For his part, the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs stated after the meeting that he had the opportunity to discuss bilateral and regional issues concerning the Southeastern Mediterranean and the Gulf, as Greece and Egypt share a common view regarding most of the problems.
Furthermore, according to Nikos Dendias, their discussion also revolved around the two Memoranda signed between Turkey and the President of the Libyan Presidential Council, noting that alongside his counterpart they believe that Mr. Sarraj probably lacks the legality required to sign those memoranda. “Either way, they act as destabilizing agents for the wider region. We will continue to monitor the situation”, Nikos Dendias added.
Finally, the Greek Minister stressed that he had agreed with the Egyptian Minister to accelerate discussions between the responsible delegations for the designation and delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zones between Greece and Egypt. /ibna