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Cypriot FM Praises Mutual Strategic Ties with Egypt During Latest Cairo Visit


Wed 05 Jun 2024 | 04:44 PM
Rana Atef

On Wednesday, the Foreign Minister of Cypriot Constantinos Kombos participated in a meeting with a number of distinguished reporters on the sidelines of his two-day working visit to Cairo. 

Kombos started his talk by briefing his visit, and the topics he discussed with the Egyptian officials like War of Gaza, the Cypriot initiative of establishing a maritime corridor for delivering aid to Gaza, energy, the escalations in the region, and the means to enhance the bilateral ties between both countries. 

Regarding the mutual relations between Egypt, and Cyprus, the Cypriot official hailed the strategic ties between both Mediterranean countries, including the high number of exchanged official visits between Egyptian and Cypriot officials, in addition to the increasing understanding and coordination for all common-interest regional and international efforts.

He also praised the trilateral ties between Egypt, Greece, and Cyprus, referring to that the work is ongoing for Supreme Committee for Egyptian-Cypriot Cooperation, and the trilateral summit between the three countries.

The Minister also discussed the lately-signed memorandum between Egypt and Cyprus for bringing Egyptian labor to Cyprus, expressing that this step is important for both countries. 

However, the minister said that the economic cooperation between both countries is still not as the political one, and both parties are working on enhancing it. He revealed that his country is preparing to participate in the Egypt-EU conference of investment by the end of June. 

The Foreign Minister praised the progress of the roots program or Nostos that aim to engage Greek, and Cypriot diaspora to their roots in Egypt, describing it as an excellent step that opened the doors for more cooperation, and communication.

Moreover, he talked about the importance of addressing the consequences of climate change, and wildfires by improving the technological means, sustainability, and the best usage of resources.

 

Kombos asserted that his country will continue supporting Egypt on more European level, and with the European Union.

On the Cypriot efforts towards the people of Gaza, and Palestine, the Cypriot minister talked about the efforts of Cyprus in establishing a maritime corridor to help in delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza, due to the geographical location of Cyprus, its infrastructure, and good relations with the different parties that could facilitate and speed up the process of security checkups and aid delivery. 

He also refuted and denied all claims saying that Cyprus supports the forced displacement of the Palestinians, underscoring that Cyprus supports the two-state solution, in addition, it is one of the earliest countries that recognized a Palestinian state in 1988.

Furthermore, Kombos asserted Cyprus call for a ceasefire in Gaza, warning of the dangerous consequences for the expansion of the military operations in Rafah, and the escalations in Lebanon. 

Finally, the minister gave a brief update regarding Cyprus crisis, pointing out that there is no progress regarding the negotiations about getting a solution for the crisis.