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Greek president promises greater cooperation with Egypt

Ahram Online , Wednesday 9 Dec 2015
Abdel Fattah al-Sissi
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (L) welcomes Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi (R) prior to their meeting in Athens on December 8, 2015 (AFP)

Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos promised stronger cooperation with Egypt, while hailing the North African country's efforts to ensure stability in the Middle East.

In an interview published by Ahram Arabic news website on Wednesday, Pavlopoulos outlined his talks with Egyptian President El-Sisi, who is currently on a three-day visit to Athens. Pavlopoulos said the talks have been focused on cooperation between Egypt and Greece in geostrategic, security, and economic sectors.

Pavlopoulos hailed what he describes as El-Sisi's efforts to "secure stability not only in Egypt but in the whole [Middle East] region."

The Greek president highlighted plans to foster cooperation between both countries in energy--namely natural gas-- while promising to expand trade deals with Egypt.

"There are enormous opportunities for cooperation between the two countries in the field of energy."

He praised Egypt's efforts in combating extremism, saying his country "acknowledges the great role and contributions made by Egypt to fight terrorism," while urging sincere solidarity from the European Union.

He added, "Jihadist fundamentalism is ultimately directed against Islam...the Jihadist terrorists are in fact the enemies of Islam who work to destroy it morally and politically."

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday heeded a call by El-Sisi for help from Europe in anti-terrorism efforts, promising after talks between the two leaders to "cooperate and be more effective against this rising fascism of extremist fundamentalism.”

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades will join the two presidents on Wednesday for three-nation talks, expected to focus on regional security and gas cooperation.

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