Greece’s President Katerina Sakellaropoulou told Al-Ahram on Tuesday that both Greece and Egypt are pillars of security and stability in a troubled region.
In exclusive statements to Al-Ahram, Sakellaropoulou said that the trilateral cooperation between Egypt, Greece and Cyprus is establishing a mechanism for stability and legitimacy in the South East Mediterranean region.
Last month, Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met with Greek PM Mitsotakis and Cypriot President Anastasiades in Nicosia, Cyprus in a trilateral summit where they agreed on the necessity of “combating escalation policies aimed at shaking the region’s stability.”
Turkey has said it rejects a demarcation deal between Egypt and Greece, which is in dispute with Ankara over the exploration of energy resources in the Eastern Mediterranean.
President El-Sisi arrived in Athens on Tuesday for a two-day official visit to the Greek capital.
The Egyptian president is expected to meet with his Greek counterpart as well as other officials including the prime minister on Wednesday.
The Greek president said that under President El-Sisi, Egypt has become a regional power and Egyptian-Greek relations have developed markedly.
“There are more horizons for deepening the cooperation between Egypt and Greece in a way that will not only benefit the peoples the two countries, but all peoples in the region,” Sakellaropoulou said.