Cairo, 26 May 2022 (TDI): The Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ioannis Kasoulides visited Egypt for three days. During his visit, Ioannis Kasoulides met with the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry. The two officials held prolonged talks.

The focus of the discussion was on bilateral relations and practical ways to deepen them in a variety of sectors including economy, tourism, and energy, tripartite cooperation mechanisms.

They also discussed the issues related to Cyprus. Aside from that issues pertaining to energy, EU-Egypt relations, and other current regional and international developments of mutual interest came under discussion.

The strategic links between Cyprus and Egypt were reinforced via a constructive and productive conversation, as was the role that both can play in ensuring circumstances of security and stability in the geographical basin of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Foreign Minister Kasoulides emphasized Egypt’s responsibility in addressing regional security concerns, as well as the need to deepen EU-Egypt cooperation.

Furthermore, in light of the fresh data generated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the two Ministers decided to deepen current collaboration to handle the food and energy crises, as well as the necessity to locate alternative energy sources and corridors.

The importance and potential of the Eastern Mediterranean as a hub for electricity supply and transmission were also deliberated upon, during the meeting.

The Foreign Minister of Cyprus informed his Egyptian counterpart about the next steps in the Cyprus issue, including initiatives to create mobility and reestablish trust between the two Communities.

Furthermore, he told about recent unlawful acts on a portion of the closed region of Varosha’s beachfront. Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit also welcomed Foreign Minister Kasoulides.

Likewise, he also met with the Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, Theodore II. Finally, he attended a dinner organized by the Ambassador of Cyprus in Cairo, Homer Mavrommatis.

The event included representatives from Egypt’s administration and parliament as well as other diplomatic agents. Whilst there, Ioannis Kasoulides also spoke with members of the local media.

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