An Egyptian parliamentary delegation led by speaker Ali Abdel-Aal met with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Monday to discuss bilateral relations, and vowed its support against Turkish violations of Cyprus' maritime economic zone.
A press statement said the meeting, held at the presidential palace in Nicosia, reviewed "historic relations between Egypt and Cyprus" and stressed the importance of boosting these relations to higher levels.
"President Anastasiades expressed great satisfaction about the positive developments in the relations between Egypt and Cyprus and stressed "that Cyprus will do everything possible to boost these relations to new horizons," the statement read.
Abdel-Aal said Egypt strongly supports Cyprus in all international circles, particularly the United Nations and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. "We support independence of Cyprus and fully condemn Turkish aggression and violations of Cypriot rights and concessions within its exclusive economic zone in the Mediterranean Sea waters," said Abdel-Aal.
President Anastasiades said he highly appreciates Egypt's solidarity with Cyprus in the face of Turkish aggressions and violations.
"In our turn, we support the positions and policies of Egypt in the European Union and the Mediterranean Parliamentary Union. There will be greater cooperation between Egypt, Cyprus and Greece in political and economic terms in the coming stage," Anstasiades said.
Abdel-Aal also met with Cypriot Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotropis to discuss future of Egyptian-Cypriot cooperation in the areas of natural gas, tourism, agriculture, fish farms and rubbish recycling.
Lakkotropis said he will visit Cairo very soon to sign the long-awaited agreement on the extension of a natural gas pipeline between Egypt and Cyprus. "This agreement will push Egyptian-Cypriot cooperation in the area of natural gas and energy to higher levels," said the minister, adding that "plans are also underway to boost number of tourist Cypriot traffic into Egypt in terms of increasing direct air flights and activating "cruise tourism" between the two countries.
Abdel-Aal also met with Cypriot Minister of Economy and Finance Harris Georgiades. Abdel-Aal commented that "we hope that Cyprus, as a world hub for international financial institutions, will encourage the flow of investments and funds into the Egyptian market."
Abdel-Aal also reviewed the advantages of Egypt's new investment law, which grants foreign investors a lot of concessions and facilities.