Maritime Accord with Egypt an Example for All East Med, Greek PM Says



Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi chats with his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades and Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Credit: Greek government

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis hailed the recent accord with Egypt on maritime boundaries on Wednesday, stressing that the agreement is a good illustration of how other regional problems can be solved.

Mitsotakis met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on the sidelines of a Greece-Cyprus-Egypt trilateral summit in Nicosia.

“This is how neighboring states resolve their differences; through dialogue, through mutual concessions when these are necessary so as to reach a mutually beneficial agreement,” Mitsotakis added.

Earlier, the Greek premier met with President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades. The two leaders underscored not only the excellent cooperation that exists between Cyprus and Greece, but also the cooperation of the two countries with Egypt, at the level of their trilateral partnership.

Credit: Greek government

Welcoming PM Mitsotakis, President Anastasiadies expressed his gratitude for the “excellent cooperation and support we have both in international fora, but also in the European Council when it meets, especially when it deals with Turkey’s violations against Cyprus, Greece and other areas.”

He also stressed that after the elections in occupied Cyprus, Nicosia “remains committed to finding a solution that is functional and therefore viable, based on UN resolutions, Security Council resolutions but of course also on the principles and values of the European Union.”

He added that he has contacted the new Turkish-Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar and that the two men have agreed to meet next week.