Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with the President of Egypt, Abdel Fatah El-Sisi, on the sidelines of the 8th Cyprus-Greece-Egypt Summit.
During their meeting, the two leaders welcomed the signing and ratification of the historic Agreement on the Delimitation of the EEZ between Greece and Egypt. It has been commonly found to have multiple benefits for bilateral relations, political and economic, but also for the stability and prosperity of the wider region. Kyriakos Mitsotakis also briefed the President of Egypt on the latest affairs in the Eastern Mediterranean and the escalating of Turkish provocation. There was a coincidence of views on Turkey’s increasing aggressive behaviour and the need to respect international law was stressed.
The common understanding of a political solution in Libya, based on the United Nations Security Council Resolutions and the Berlin Process, has been confirmed. There was also a matching of views on Turkey’s destabilizing role in Libya. Greece reaffirms its desire to make a constructive contribution to shaping the next day in Libya.
The following statements were made at the beginning of the meeting:
Kyriakos Mitsotakis: I have the pleasure of sitting in the chair where President Anastasiades usually sits. But in Cyprus we feel a little like hosts as you understand, Mr President. And it is a great pleasure to meet for the first time since the very important signing of the agreement on the partial demarcation of maritime zones for which we have both worked very hard and is such an important step towards further deepening relations between the two countries. The agreements have been ratified by both parliaments and we are simply waiting for the formal protocol from the United Nations and I would again like to thank you for the way in which you and your colleagues have worked together to be able to reach this very important agreement. This is how neighbouring states resolve their differences, through dialogue, with mutual concessions whenever necessary, in order to reach an agreement that is mutually beneficial and I would like to think that it is a guide agreement on how other issues can be resolved in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Abdel Fatah El-Sisi: (informal translation based on interpretation): Your Excellency, Mr President, let me express my great pleasure to meet you again and I would like to stress our willingness and intention to further develop our relations, either bilaterally or at tripartite level, and of course the convening of today’s eighth tripartite summit reflects this desire of both sides. Today’s relations are in fact an extension of the timeless historical relations between Egypt and Greece and I agree with you, Your Excellency, that cooperation between us must have an extra pushing force for the development of relations in the various fields. Your Excellency, I agree with you that the partial demarcation of maritime zones is in fact a reflection of mutual understanding, it also reflects respect for the dispositions and the provisions of international law, which is in the interests of all sides. The ratification of this agreement by parliaments actually reflects the success of the agreement itself and the expectations of this agreement. We hope that all issues will be dealt with within the framework of international law and the institutions of international law. This points out the importance of cooperation aimed at stability, growth and progress. Egypt, Cyprus and Greece have always had a spirit of cooperation, so we always say that relations between us are historical, timeless. But now we look forward to further developing these relationships. And always together. Thanks.
On the Greek side, the meeting was attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Themistocles Demiris, the Director of the Diplomatic Office of the Prime Minister, Ambassador Eleni Suranis and the Director General of Economic Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Teresa Angelatos.