On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received the Egyptian Minister of Petroleum & Mineral Resources Tarek El Molla, to be the first senior Egyptian official who visited Israel since 2016.
Netanyahu welcomed El Molla, saying: “This is an important day, marking our continued cooperation on energy and so many other things.”
He added: “This began of course with the historic peace treaty between Egypt and Israel but now it is becoming something that can better the lives of all the people in economic terms and we think that this is a great opportunity for regional cooperation – Egypt, Israel and the other countries.”
“We are an energy hub. Together we can supply not only our own needs, but the needs of many other countries. So it is in this spirit of friendship and cooperation and peace and prosperity,” the prime minister continued.
On his side, El Molla highlighted: “Together with Minister Steinitz, we started together a few years back the expansion of the cooperation in energy which was enhanced by the foundation of the East Mediterranean Gas Forum. I am looking forward to our discussions. Thank you once again for receiving us.”
the Egyptian minister has started his official visit to Ramallah and Israel on Sunday.
Meetings with Dr. Mohamed Mostafa, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Advisor for Economic Affairs, and with the Israeli Minister of Energy Dr. Yuval Steinitz were scheduled during the visit.
The visit targets enhancing the cooperation and dialogue between East Mediterranean Gas Forum members, and supporting the goals and the efforts of the forum.
East. Med Forum will come into force next month according to the foreign ministries of Egypt, Greece, Cyprus agreed upon.