Mitsotakis and Sissi discuss Cyprus at meeting in Cairo


The Cyprus issue, Turkey’s position on the Eastern Mediterranean, gas cooperation and the situation in Libya dominated Monday’s meeting between Greek Prime Minister Kyriacos Mitsotakis and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo.

According to AIIC, Sisi highlighted the cooperation between Egypt, Greece and Cyprus through the system of trilateral meetings that the latter have engaged with countries in the region, including Israel.

Sisi suggested the need to strengthen the tripartite mechanism while stressing the need to respect international law and the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of states in the region at large. For Libya, he reiterated the need for an electoral process at the end of the year and the withdrawal of foreign troops.

Mitsotakis, referring to the Cyprus issue, reiterated that “there is no solution beyond the binding framework set by UN resolutions”.

He thanked the Egyptian President for the continued support in the efforts to resolve the Cyprus issue on the basis of United Nations Security Council resolutions.

He also reiterated that the Turkish Cypriot proposal for a two-state solution could not be a basis for negotiation, as it is in total contradiction with UN decisions and the EU acquis, which support a bizonal and bicommunity federation.

Mitsotakis also briefed the Egyptian leader on developments in Greek-Turkish relations and his recent meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the NATO summit.

He also referred to the new environmental and energy agreement signed by Greece and Egypt which would serve the well-being of the peoples of both countries.


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