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Egypt’s Sisi to continue talks with Greek officials Thursday

Today's meetings are part of the Egyptian president’s official visit to Greece that kicked off Tuesday evening

Ahram Online , Thursday 12 Nov 2020
Egypt, Greece
Greece's President Katerina Sakellaropoulou receives Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi at the Greek presidential palace in Athena on Wednesday, 11 November 2020.(Photo courtesy of Egyptian Presidency)
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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is set to continue talks with a number of Greek officials Thursday as part of his multi-day visit to Athens, which kicked off Tuesday evening.

The president is scheduled to meet Greece's parliament speaker and environment and energy minister to discuss how to develop bilateral relations in the fields of energy and economic exchange, as well as to discuss potential investment opportunities in Egypt in light of major national projects carried out across the country.

A day earlier, El-Sisi started his visit with meetings with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis as well as Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

Wednesday’s talks covered various regional and international issues of common interest, including the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and efforts to counter terrorism and extremism.

During a joint press conference with the Greek prime minister, El-Sisi said "there is consensus" between Egypt and Greece to stand against regional threats.

El-Sisi added it was agreed to deal decisively with the transfer of fighters and weapons to militias in Libya, and that violations in the Eastern Mediterranean region should be confronted.

Earlier on Wednesday, the president had a session of talks with his Greek counterpart Sakellaropoulou, underlining that the Egyptian-Greek agreement on maritime border demarcation was proof of good relations between the two countries.

In August, Egypt and Greece signed a maritime demarcation deal establishing an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) between the two, which according to Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry "permits Egypt and Greece to go ahead with maximising benefits from riches available in the exclusive economic zones of both countries, particularly promising gas and oil reserves."

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