Al-Sisi heads to Greece for meetings on mutual cooperation, Eastern Mediterranean issues

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Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi headed to the Greek capital, Athens, on Tuesday as part of an official visit, according to a presidency statement. 

The visit comes as part of the joint Egyptian-Greek keenness to continue consultations at the bilateral level, as well as on a tripartite level with Cyprus.

Al-Sisi is scheduled to hold high-level, intensive talks with a range of Greek ministers, including Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, the Parliamentary Speaker, and the Ministers of Energy and Environment. 

The talks will tackle enhancing bilateral cooperation particularly in the field of energy, trade exchange, investment opportunities in Egypt, in the light of Egyptian mega national projects. 

Meanwhile, the two countries’ leaders are also set to address and exchange views over regional and international issues of common interest, in particular, updates in the Eastern Mediterranean region, as well as counter-terrorism and extremism.  

In late October, President Al-Sisi took part in the eighth trilateral summit, in Nicosia, along with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Greece Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. 

The leaders of the three countries discussed strengthening economic, commercial, investment, tourism, and cultural cooperation. The trilateral meeting took place aimed at establishing a new phase of strategic integration between the three countries. 

At the time, Al-Sisi said that Egypt is looking forward to the implementation of more energy and strategic projects with Cyprus and Greece, similar to those recently launched by the East Mediterranean Gas Forum. 

Earlier in August, Egypt and Greece signed a maritime demarcation deal, in a move to maximise the use of mineral resources in the Eastern Mediterranean region. The agreement lays out the boundaries between the two countries’ exclusive economic zones, amid growing tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, due to illegal Turkish attempts to explore for oil in the region.

The Greek and Egyptian parliaments both approved the agreement later in August, and Al-Sisi ratified the agreement early in October.

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