Cypriot Ambassador to Egypt, Polly Ioannou, spotlighted Egypt as an unwavering pillar of stability and security in the turbulent waves of regional crises, as she engaged in discussions with MENA, paving the way for a crucial Egypt-Cyprus-Greece summit.
Ioannou, embodying the resilient and historically enriched diplomatic ties between Egypt and Cyprus, appreciated the leaps that relationships at the political level have taken over the preceding years. Expressing gratitude for mutual backing in several regional and international forums, she specifically thanked Egypt for its sustained support towards Cyprus amidst its prevailing challenges.
In a reflection of the cohesive political alignment between the two nations, Ioannou alluded to recent interactions between Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Cypriot Foreign Minister Constantinos Kombos during the United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York.
The eminent diplomat highlighted the conduct of an Egyptian-Cypriot-Greek ministerial meeting in New York, marking a symbol of the intense coordination shared between the nations. The discussions revolved around the panorama of regional and international developments and strategizing against shared challenges, emphasizing the paramount importance of nurturing stability within the Mediterranean region.
In a strategic move towards strengthening economic ties, Ioannou underscored an amplified focus on enhancing economic collaboration between the two nations. This strategy involves appointing a trade adviser to Cyprus and making arrangements for the highly-anticipated Egyptian-Cypriot Businessmen Forum.
Peering into the potential of fostering tourism ties between the two nations, Ioannou announced ongoing efforts to initiate a maritime line aimed at serving this objective. Furthermore, she lauded Egypt’s strategies to propel tourism, including expanding airline capabilities and infrastructural advancements.
Ioannou recognized Egypt as a crucial buffer during regional upheavals, citing the crises in Libya, Sudan, and the Palestinian territories. She underscored the weighty responsibilities shouldered by Egypt, extending commendation for its hospitable stance towards a significant refugee population, providing them with essential services such as education, healthcare, and employment, much like its own citizens.
Cyprus, with a nod towards the considerable Syrian refugee populace in Egypt, echoed a call for the resolution of the Syrian crisis.