Cyprus and Egypt, along with all like-minded countries in the region, will continue to work to make their geography a blessing, Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides said on Tuesday after a meeting with his counterpart. Egyptian Sameh Shoukry in Nicosia, according to the Cyprus Mail.
The two ministers held bilateral talks on a range of issues and signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation between their countries’ respective diplomatic academies, the first of the others to come, Christodoulides said.
Bilateral relations between Cyprus and Egypt, he added, “are now at the highest level ever.”
“Today’s deliberations have been an excellent opportunity to have an in-depth discussion on our bilateral, trilateral and regional partnerships, which continue to strengthen, for the good of our peoples and also of our whole region”, said declared Christodoulides.
He added that they had reviewed the full range of cooperation of the two countries and exchanged views on the next steps ahead in their efforts “to build a secure, peaceful and more prosperous future for generations to come. to come”.
The two ministers also followed up on several issues their respective authorities were working on, implementing the roadmap for a government-to-government meeting scheduled to take place in the fall of next year, Christodoulides said.
“Cyprus and Egypt have a common understanding that geography is fate – it cannot be changed. It is therefore up to us, the countries of the region, to make our geography a blessing,” he said. he adds. “You can be sure that we will never tire of working towards this goal, with all like-minded countries in the region,” the minister said.
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Shoukry spoke of the historic ties between the Cypriot and Egyptian peoples, which he said were consistent and firmly anchored in the principles of mutual interest, cooperation and mutual respect.
“We attach great importance to the relationship between Egypt and Cyprus, we regard it as an example of what can be achieved through productive and loyal relations and we look forward to continuing this long-standing, friendly, warm relationship. and productive for many years to come, â€he said.
Shoukry said he told President Nicos Anastasiades, whom he met earlier today, of the importance Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attaches to Egyptian-Cypriot relations. He also extended an invitation to Anastasiades to participate in the next World Youth Forum in Sharm El Sheikh.
He also said that the two governments do not miss an opportunity to interact and see how to strengthen bilateral relations and coordinate to create stability and security for the Eastern Mediterranean in cooperation with their partners in the region and the Union European.
The Egyptian minister said he had discussed with his Cypriot counterpart ways to find new areas of cooperation, the possibility of convening a works council to explore economic opportunities and make full use of the natural resources of the two countries within the framework of the cooperation in the eastern Mediterranean. Gas Forum (EMGF).