Cyprus’ President Nicos Anastasiades conveyed to Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi the EU’s appreciation of Cairo’s efforts in fighting terrorism and in combating illegal migration in a phone call on Friday.
The two presidents discussed a number of regional issues, in addition to the bilateral and trilateral cooperation between the two countries and Greece on different topics.
El-Sisi’s spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement that the leaders discussed the means to coordinate and exchange experiences on the countries’ efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus, and contain its repercussions.
The two presidents exchanged their views on energy security, within the framework of the Eastern Mediterranean gas forum.
In that regard, the Cypriot president praised the “vital role and political weight of Egypt in maintaining stability in the region,” Rady said.
Anastasiades also confirmed the EU’s appreciation of Egypt’s efforts in realising stability and fighting terrorism, as well as its successful experience in combating illegal immigration, Rady said.
The two presidents also addressed the latest developments in the Libyan crisis.
They both agreed on strengthening coordination in this regard, particularly through supporting the UN’s efforts and ensuring the implementation of the outputs of the Berlin conference.
The Egyptian and Cypriot presidents also stressed their rejection of any foreign interference in Libya.
The Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF) was created in January 2019 to “create a regional gas market, optimize resource development, cut the cost of infrastructure, offer competitive prices and improve trade ties,” Egypt’s petroleum ministry said at the time.
Member countries include Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Israel, Jordan and Palestine.