Egypt’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Sameh Shoukry, told Independent Balkan News Agency on Sunday that the tripartite with Greece and Cyprus shows that the two countries “value security and understand the potential dangers for instability in Egypt.”
Shoukry was speaking after Cyprus and Egypt signed a landmark deal to transport natural gas from Cyprus’ EEZ to Egypt on August 31.
Egypt is also due to host the third summit between the three countries next month to discuss other projects agreed upon during the past two summits in Greece and Cyprus.
“We highly appreciate the efforts that Greece has undertaken in association with Cyprus,” commented Shoukry.
“At the moment we are concentrating on developing and enhancing the trilateral cooperation,” he added.
“Now we are entering into a developmental stage where there are specific areas of cooperation and projects we are implementing, and we believe it is important that we maintain our focus and our ability to work together trilaterally to implement them.”
Shoukry outlined that the forthcoming summit will see projects concerning tourism, fisheries and olive groves being implemented.
“We hope that this relationship will continue to flourish. We are looking very closely at natural gas cooperation so that we can take advantage of each other’s competitive edge where it exists,” concluded the Egyptian FM.