Egypt’s FM to head to Greece to discuss cooperation, regional issues

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Mon, 14 Sep 2020 - 08:26 GMT

FILE - Egypt’s minister of foreign affairs Sameh Shoukry - Reuters

FILE - Egypt’s minister of foreign affairs Sameh Shoukry - Reuters

CAIRO – 14 September 2020: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will travel to Athens on Tuesday (September 15), in response to an official invitation from his Greek counterpart, Nikos Dendias, an official statement read.

 

The visit aims at enhancing bilateral cooperation and coordination between Egypt and Greece in all fields and regional and international issues of mutual concern, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

 

Shoukry is also scheduled to participate in the 24th Roundtable with the Government of Greece event, organized by The Economist, which is set to discuss the situation in Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean region.

 

After holding official talks in Cairo earlier in June, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Greek counterpart, Nikos Dendias, announced signing a maritime demarcation agreement to establish an exclusive economic zone between the two countries.

 

Both Greek and Egyptian parliaments have approved the agreement.

 

In a press conference held after the talks, Shoukry said the agreement reflects further boost in relations between Egypt and Greece, as they both work on continuing economic cooperation and coordination in various fields.

 

For his part, Dendias affirmed continuous coordination with Egypt at the highest levels and said agreements between Egypt and Greece are in line with the international law.

 

The demarcation agreement signed between Egypt and Greece will contribute to attracting investments for search and exploration, Hamdy Abdel Aziz, official spokesman for the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, told Egypt Today.

 

This will help, through signing petroleum agreements, intensify exploration efforts to extract the underlying resources in the Mediterranean Sea, said Abdel Aziz.

 

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