FM Dendias in Cyprus: Greece-Egypt relations cordial; deeper cooperation with Arab League

FM Dendias in Cyprus: Greece-Egypt relations cordial; deeper cooperation with Arab League

Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias said collaboration between Greece and Cyprus is very close, lasting and sincere, in his meeting with Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides in Larnaca on Monday.

Dendias briefed Christodoulides on Greece's "cordial and heartfelt relationship" with Egypt, particularly the friendship built by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi. Dendias had met earlier with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukri in Cairo.

Specifically, Dendias told his Cypriot counterpart that "the issue raised by the Egyptian side's recent announcement of blocks in the Eastern Mediterranean is a purely technical matter which concerns the Egyptian side", and he added that "based on the posts of the Egyptian side, the Greek side considers the issue essentially resolved."

The Greek minister added that he met with Arab League's General Secretary Ahmed Abul Gheit, with whom they discussed developing relations further. Greece will begin talks on a Memorandum of Understanding withthe Arab League so that Cyprus may also develop relations with it, as an observing country, Dendias said.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian foreign affairs ministry issued a statement after the meeting between Dendias and Shoukri referring to Egypt's interest in facilitating the flow of Greek investments in the country. It also mentioned Egypt's intention to contributing in overcoming any obstacles for the development and strengthening of entrepreneurship between the two countries.

Finally, it added that the two ministers discussed the strengthening of cooperation between the two countries in both energy matters and tourism.


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