Read What Egyptian President Said On How They Can Secures Stability in Their Region
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says energy, economic and military cooperation between Greece and Egypt is key to the region’s stability, growth and security.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Tuesday (December 8) that a closer cooperation between Greece and Egypt was paramount to ensure the region’s stability, growth and security.
Greece and Egypt want to strengthen their economic and energy cooperation and their port linkings after a second Suez canal started operating earlier this year.
“More cooperation is needed in these difficult times and in this sensitive area. Such a cooperation could be in the exploitation of mineral resources, it could be an economic cooperation and even a military cooperation,” Sisi said during a meeting with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos in Athens.
“We have a specific strategy that we plan to follow against this terrorism. This terrorism does not only threaten the region where it sprung, it threatens the Eastern Mediterranean region, it threatens the Middle East, it threatens Europe. It is a threat to the whole world,” the Egyptian President added.
The Egyptian President is visiting Athens for a trilateral meeting among Greece, Cyprus and Egypt, the third to take place since November 2014, in an effort to form an alliance in a destabilised region hurt by conflicts and a refugee crisis.
Energy projects, the establishment of sea boundaries for exploration in the eastern Mediterranean and a common strategy to address terrorism in the wider region are expected to be at the top of the agenda during Sisi’s three day visit to Greece.
Sisi also spoke of the long standing ties between Egypt and Greece that go back thousands of years which help the two countries in, “understanding each other and communicating with each other where it is required.” He added, “there is a role for Greece, Cyprus and Italy, along with our other European friends which is of utmost importance because we cannot do everything.”
“Two countries with an important geopolitical role, in a fragile and destabilized region where three continents meet, are joining forces targeting peace and prosperity,” Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told a joint news conference after meeting with Sisi.
“It is crucial to find a peaceful solution through diplomatic routes in the Syrian crisis and to lay the foundation for reconciliation and democracy within the country.