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Cyprus Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, who was on official visit to Egypt, held talks with his Egyptian counterpart, Mr Nabil Fahmi. Discussions were focused on the developments in Egypt, the Cyprus problem, bilateral relations in various fields, with emphasis on the energy sector, the situation in Syria, the Middle East conflict and other regional and international issues.
The Minister, after being briefed in detail by his Egyptian counterpart on the latest developments and the current situation in the country, expressed his satisfaction for the compliance with the roadmap and reiterated Cyprus’ support to the Egyptian people on the path of the country’s democratization. Mr Fahmi thanked for Cyprus’ sincere support to Egypt and the country’s full support in the choices of the Egyptian people.
Referring to the Cyprus problem, the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs said his country’s position is that the solution to the problems should be based on respect for international law and international legality and assured for the continuance of the support of Egypt to Cyprus in various international fora. He stressed that any solution of the Cyprus problem must respect all the relevant UN resolutions.
Regarding bilateral cooperation, the two Ministers agreed on the need for regular meetings between the two sides aiming at the promotion of the cooperation on energy, hydrocarbons, maritime policy, as well as in other sectors such as tourism, trade and investments. They also agreed to work together for the common benefit from the relevant EU programs for the region.
Finally, in relation to the situation in Syria the two Ministers condemned crimes against the Syrian people and in particular the use of chemicals. The Cypriot Minister also briefed about the assurances he received for non-use of Cyprus as a base for any possible attack against Syria.
Following their talks, the two Ministers of Foreign Affairs held a joint press conference.
Earlier, Mr Kasoulides was received by the interim President of Egypt, Mr Adly Mansour, to whom he conveyed a written message by President Anastasiades. During the meeting, the Minister explained that Cyprus understands the present phase that Egypt is passing through and assured for Cyprus’ steady support towards the wishes and aspirations of the Egyptian people, as they were expressed through its mobilizations, for a better future. He also assured the will of the Cypriot government to work towards further strengthening of the political and economic relations with Egypt.
A meeting between the Cyprus Minister and the Minister of Petroleum of Egypt, Mr Sherif Ismail, was followed, with whom he discussed the cooperation of the two countries in issues within his competence. It was agreed to intensity the contacts between the two sides aiming at the completion of pending agreements and establishing new ones that broaden and enhance cooperation between the two countries on energy issues.
Today, Mr Kasoulides met with the Prime Minister of Egypt, Dr Hazem El Beblawy, to whom he conveyed the support of the Cypriot government in the efforts of the country’s transitional government to stabilize the situation as soon as possible. They reviewed the bilateral cooperation in the economic sector and discussed ways to further strengthen it.
A meeting with the Secretary General of the Arab League, Dr Nabil El Arabi, was followed, with whom he discussed the developments in the region with emphasis on the situation in Syria and developments in the Middle East, in the light of the decisions of the 140th regular session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Arab League held on Sunday, in Cairo. They also discussed the Cyprus problem and the further cooperation of the Arab League with Cyprus and the EU in general.
Then, the Minister had separate meetings with the religious leadership of Egypt, the Coptic Patriarch Tawadros II and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Dr Ahmed el Tayeb, to whom he conveyed a message of solidarity by the people of Cyprus to the friend Egyptian people.
A meeting was also held with the Patriarch of Alexandria, Mr Theodoros II, to whom he conveyed the keen interest of the government and the people of Cyprus for the Patriarchate of Alexandria and the Hellenism in Egypt. For his part, the Patriarch thanked Cyprus and its people for their unreserved and unfailing support to the Patriarchate of Alexandria.
Finally, Mr Kasoulides gave an interview to the satellite television channel of Saudi Arabian interests, MBC. Government
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