Greek minister of foreign affairs Nikos Dendia with the Egyptian embassy s charge d affairs Amgad Rezk.
The Egyptian embassy in Greece celebrated on Friday the 70th anniversary of the 23rd of July Revolution in a reception party and welcomed distinguished guests, high profile officials and foreign diplomats.
The guests were received at the embassy premises in Athens by the Egyptian Embassy's Charge d’Affairs Amgad Rezk, who gave a speech about the unique relations between Egypt and Greece.
Among the attendees were the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias, Egypt’s Counselor in Greece Mazen Gaber Moussa, the Ambassador of the United States to Greece George Tsunis, France’s Ambassador to Greece Patrick Maisonnave, and the famous Egyptian actor Hussein Fahmy.
“It is with immense pleasure that I am here today, among so many friends, in order to celebrate the National Day of Egypt. We celebrate today an emblematic moment in Egypt’s history, and if I may say so, a very long history,” said Dendias, adding that it was “a moment that shaped the country’s trajectory through the years. Now the interaction between Greece and Egypt goes back centuries.”
“In our days, I have to say again with pride, it has reached an unprecedented levels, we have done plenty in the last three years. That has to do a lot not with politicians, but with a common vision of the people. It reflects the will of the people to thrive in this challenging place in the world, the eastern Mediterranean,” Dendias explained.
The Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs also emphasised that Egypt is a leading force in the Arab World and beyond with an important role to play in enhancing security in the wider region. According to Dendias, promoting stability in our region and working for the welfare of the country and the region is a direct result of President El-Sisi and his government's efforts.
In the last three years, Greece and Egypt have striven together to solidify bilateral relations. “Two years ago, I will always treasure the day, we signed our bilateral agreement for the delimitation of our maritime zones, after almost thirty years of negotiations.”
“An agreement based on the International Law of the Sea, UNCLOS, as we all know. And we have cooperated very closely, in the fields of defence, economy, investment, tourism and energy, you name it, it is there. Between us and with other friendly and important countries, I should mention France as one of the most important,” Dendias pointed.
“Despite the limitations posed by the pandemic, we have exchanged a significant number of visits. I personally have been to Cairo I think twelve times and I am preparing for the 13th. And also we have managed to promote our trilateral format of cooperation with the Republic of Cyprus. Egypt and Greece have signed the agreement for the electrical interconnection, again a very proud moment in our relations. Recently, I had the pleasure to join my dear friend, the Foreign Minister of Egypt Sameh Shoukry, in Brussels for the EU-Egypt Association Council,” he added.
He believes that Egypt knows that Greece is a steadfast supporter within the European Union. “The destinies, allow me to say, of our two nations are linked.”
“This has allowed the forming of a strong bond of friendship and a very strong bond of fruitful cooperation, and I am convinced that this path is the one we are going to follow in the future,” Dendias concluded.