Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades (R) and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi are seen during a welcome ceremony the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades (R) and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi are seen during a welcome ceremony the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

Sisi, Anastasiades praise mutual relations in phone call

Fri, Dec. 22, 2017
CAIRO – 22 December 2017: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi praised the Egyptian-Cypriot relations with his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades in a phone call on Friday, December 22.

According to presidency spokesperson Bassam Rady, both of the leaders affirmed the importance of following up on and developing the distinguished relations between the two countries.

Sisi and Anastasiades also said that the tripartite agreements signed between them and Greece during the summit held in Nicosia last November should come into force by increasing the cooperation between the three states.

On November 21, President Sisi said during a meeting with the Cypriot parliament head that Egypt, Greece and Cyprus gave the international community a model for successful international relations and cooperation between countries.

He added in other statements during his official two-day visit to Cyprus in November that the relations between Egypt, Greece and Cyprus are strong and historical. The visit, which marked a first for an Egyptian president to Nicosia, included several meetings between Sisi and some of the state’s senior officials.

It included attending the fifth Egyptian-Greek-Cypriot tripartite summit during which several topics were tackled, including coordination between the three countries and enhancing the relations in the political, economic, trade, security and tourism fields.

The relations between Cairo and Nicosia date back to 1960, according to the State Information Service (SIS). Both countries have supported each other internationally on more than one occasion, including supporting each other’s candidacies for the membership of various committees within the United Nations.
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