Energy, economy, education and culture the focus of Anastasiades – Sisi meeting

Energy issues, economy, education and culture, will be among the issues to be discussed between the Presidents of Cyprus and Egypt in Nicosia, during El Sisi’s visit on Monday.

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades said on Saturday that this will be the first time that an Egyptian President will be paying an official visit to Cyprus.

Replying to journalists’ questions on the sidelines of the pancyprian conference of the Army Reserve Officers Association, that took place in Nicosia, the President said that it is the first time that the President of Egypt is officially visiting Cyprus, despite the close relations that the two countries share since the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus.

He added that during their meeting they will focus ia on energy, economy, education and culture.

The President recalled that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will visit Cyprus on the next day (Tuesday), when the tripartite meeting will take place among the three countries. This meeting, he said, will be the fifth of its kind and will focus on above mentioned issues which concern the three countries.

The Republic of Cyprus, he said, replying to questions, is a state which undertakes initiatives and develops plans adding that Nicosia has developed excellent relations not only with its neighbours but also with all states in the region, the countries of the Arab Gulf and the five permanent member states of the UNSC.

Replying to a question regarding the situation in Lebanon, the President expressed hope that the crisis will be overcome and that the Lebanese Prime Minister and his family will visit Paris. I hope, he concluded, that the stability in the country will be restored.

Meanwhile, Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides also made statements about the Egyptian`s President visit to Cyprus, describing it as very important since it is the first official visit of an Egyptian President in Cyprus.

The goal, he said, is to hold regularly  meetings on the council of ministers` level, so that the two countries can address the challenges they are facing.

He also said that the visit is important given the developments in Lebanon, noting that there could be joint initiatives in the future to the benefit of Lebanon and all the countries in the region.

sources: CNA