File- President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in a press conference in June 2018- press photo
CAIRO – 12 November 2020: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament Konstantinos Tasoulas, discussing the ways of enhancing the bilateral parliamentary relations
President Sisi expressed his country’s keenness to deepen friendly ties between at the different domains, especially the parliamentary field through exchanging visits among parliamentarians, said Egyptian Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Radi in a statement on Thursday.
Both sides tackled ways of promoting bilateral relations, the latest developments in the Middle East, Eastern Mediterranean, and the Egyptian comprehensive vision on terror, extremist ideology and illegal immigration.
The president also offered his condolences over the victims of the earthquake that hit the Aegean Sea last month, Radi added.
The Speaker of the Parliament welcomed the President's visit to Greece, praising the historic relations, which have witnessed a great leap recently between both countries in several fields.
President Sisi paid Athens a two-day visit on Wednesday. He had begun his visit by laying a wreath on the Unknown Soldier Tomb before holding a meeting with Greek counterpart Katerina Sakellaropoulou.
On Thursday morning, President Sisi’s comments were stated during a meeting with Minister of Environment and Energy Kostas Hatzidakis. He said that the newly-signed deal of maritime border demarcation between Egypt and Greece would maximize the utilization of natural gas reserves and hydrocarbon wealth of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the Mediterranean for both countries.
The President also focused on ways of activating the bilateral cooperative efforts in the field of energy on the regional and national levels, according to a statement from the Egyptian Presidency on Thursday.
At an official dinner in Athens with Mrs. Katerina Sakellaropoulou on Wednesday evening, President Sisi praised the deeply-rooted cultural legacy between Egypt and Greece, which are considered among the oldest and the most ancient and genuine civilizations.
“The two countries have played a prominent role and an undeniable influence on the progress of human civilization in various fields of science, arts and literature,” President Sisi said.
“The commonalities, mutual interests and close cultural ties between Egypt and Greece have made the two friendly countries secure an important bridge to convergence, dialogue and cooperation between the Arab and Muslim worlds, on the one hand, and Europe, on the other hand. This has also imposed on us a shared responsibility to spread the values of peace, tolerance and mutual respect between peoples and cultures of the southern and northern Mediterranean,” President Sisi continued.
President Sisi added that he and Mrs. Sakellaropoulou tackled ways of enhancing the bilateral relations, besides the international and regional issues that have direct impact on the security of the both countries.