Sisi discusses cooperation with leaders of Cyprus and Bulgaria at EU-AU Summit

Ahram Online , MENA , Friday 18 Feb 2022

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi continued his meetings with leaders on the sidelines of the European Union - African Union Summit in the Belgian capital of Brussels on Friday.

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In a meeting with Cypriot counterpart President Nicos Anastasiades, President El-Sisi praised the ongoing development in Egyptian-Cypriot relations and progress in their bilateral cooperation as well as the Cyprus’s supportive stances toward Egypt in regional and international events, the Egyptian presidency reported

El-Sisi stressed Egypt's keenness to continue cooperation and intensify consultation about issues of common interest with Cyprus whether at the bilateral level or the tripartite level with Greece.

Anastasiades, for his part, praised the strong relations with Egypt, saying his country looks forward to bolstering cooperation in light of Egypt's role in achieving stability in the Middle East and countering terrorism and illegal immigration.

The two presidents also affirmed the importance of moving forward in implementing joint projects between Egypt and Cyprus.

El-Sisi meets with Bulgaria’s prime minister

During his meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, El-Sisi congratulated Petkov on assuming office in December, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady noted.

President El-Sisi said that Egypt was keen to foster cooperation with Bulgaria in various fields, especially at the level of trade exchange, tourism, industry and agriculture.

Petkov expressed his happiness for meeting El-Sisi, pointing to his country's keenness to develop its relations with Egypt as a central pillar for stability and security in the Middle East and the Mediterranean.

The meeting tackled cooperation in the fields of defence, security, countering terrorism and the economy given that Egypt is the biggest trade partner for Bulgaria in Africa and the Middle East region.

President El-Sisi also met other leaders and officials on Friday during the second and final day of the EU-AU Summit including President of Senegal Macky Sall, President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari and President of Kenya Uhuru Kenayatta.

The EU-AU Summit addresses key topics including climate change, energy and vaccine production and seeks to ensure renewed and deeper partnership between AU and EU based on trust and clear understanding of shared interests.

The EU-AU Summit was established in April 2000, when it was held for the first time in Cairo under the auspices of the Organisation of African Unity (now the AU) and the EU, resulting in a plan of action being adopted.

The summit aims to set political priorities between the two sides and address current and persistent challenges.

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