The President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades, met today, at the Presidential Palace, with the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah al Sisi, who is paying an official visit to Cyprus, the first by an Egyptian President.
President Anastasiades and President Sisi held a private meeting followed by expanded talks between the delegations of the two countries.
Later on, President Anastasiades decorated President Sisi with the Grand Collar of the Order of Makarios III and President Sisi decorated President Anastasiades with the Collar of the Nile.
Both Presidents noted that the decorations symbolize the special and close friendship and deep respect among the two nations and their people.
In the presence of the two Presidents, the competent Ministers of the respective governments signed a memorandum of understanding between the Ministries of Health in the field of public health and medical science, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the governments of Cyprus and Egypt in the field of Entrepreneurship, Information and Communication Technology.
Also it was signed an Executive Program between the Ministry of Justice and Public Order of the Republic of Cyprus and the Ministry of Interior of Egypt on Security Matters, for the years 2018-2019.
The two Presidents, following, made statements to the Media.
In his statements, President Anastasiades said, inter alia, that “the historic visit of the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Cyprus and the Trilateral Summit to take place tomorrow among Cyprus-Egypt-Greece is a tangible proof of our determination to upgrade and further deepen our relations.”
He added that Cyprus and Egypt share excellent relations in all fields, announcing that the two Governments decided to create a mechanism for intergovernmental meetings in order to monitor the implementation of their plans and also to assume new joint actions for the benefit of the wider region.
“We also agreed to further enhance our cooperation, especially in matters of energy, defence and security, that will contribute essentially to our common effort to reinforce regional security and stability,” President Anastasiades said.
He added that the hydrocarbon reserves discovered in the region offer a unique opportunity for further enhancing the relations between the two countries, and pointed out that their cooperation in the field of energy is based on international law and the Law of the Sea Convention.
President Anastasiades also noted that the Republic of Cyprus is a fervent supporter of the further enhancement of the EU-Egypt relations.
He added that today they discussed the situation in Lebanon and expressed the wish that the efforts by Egypt will be fruitful, pointing out the readiness of Cyprus to contribute to these efforts.
Referring to the Cyprus problem, President Anastasiades said he briefed his Egyptian counterpart on the latest developments and on the reasons the Crans Montana conference did not bear results.
“Unfortunately, as I explained to President Sisi, Turkey’s persistence to maintain guarantees and intervention rights as well as the permanent presence of Turkish troops in the Republic of Cyprus led to the failure of the Conference,” President Anastasiades said, while thanking the Egyptian government for its full and longstanding support to the efforts to terminate the unacceptable situation in Cyprus.
On his part, President Sisi, speaking through an interpreter, said, inter alia, that the relations between the two countries are outstanding, the relations between their people are brotherly.
President Sisi also thanked the Republic of Cyprus and its government for the support of the efforts of Egypt to reform the country.
He noted that the field of Energy is very important and that efforts for more cooperation will continue.
President Sisi underlined that Egypt supports the right of the Republic of Cyprus to utilize its natural wealth within its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), in the framework of international law and the agreements signed by the Republic with Egypt and other countries.
Referring to the Cyprus problem, President Sisi said that the efforts made by President Anastasiades are appreciated by the international community and reaffirmed Egypt’s support to the efforts to reunite Cyprus on the basis of UN relevant resolutions and based on a federal solution.
The two Presidents, later, attended a special session of the Plenary of the House of Representatives in honor of President Sisi, which the President of Egypt addressed.
Tonight, the two Presidents will address the Cyprus-Egypt business forum in Nicosia.
President Anastasiades will then host an official dinner in honor of the President of Egypt./IBNA