President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s Statement at Press Conference with Greek, Cypriot Presidents
Wednesday، 09 October 2019 - 03:24 PM
Your Excellency President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades,
Mr. Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It gives me pleasure to welcome you in your second homeland Egypt within the 7th trilateral cooperation summit between Egypt, Cyprus and Greece. This is the third summit Egypt hosts since establishment of this initiative in Cairo in November 2014.
At the outset, I am pleased to welcome and congratulate Mr. Prime Minister of Greece, as he participates for the first time in the trilateral cooperation mechanism, which represents a genuine opportunity to exchange point of views, coordinate the efforts about the current regional and international challenges and maximize the benefit from the available and promising opportunities in all fields.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We have reviewed various aspects of cooperation among Egypt, Cyprus and Greece, and tackled means of enhancing the trilateral cooperation projects for their complementary role in boosting the political and economic cooperation. We have asserted importance of the regular consultation and close coordination on the political and strategic arenas, and seeking elevate of trade exchange, increasing joint investments and intensifying our parliamentary, popular and cultural activities. We have also asserted boosting our coordination regarding the various cooperation frameworks particularly the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum.
In this context, I hail signature of a number of documents and executive programs by Egypt, Cyprus and Greece in the field of investment promotion from 2019 to 2021, and evasion of dual taxation between Egypt and Cyprus.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We have affirmed that the state of turbulence in the Middle East poses a threat to the available opportunities of the region and deprive their peoples of one of the most important human rights which is the right to a safe life. It also obstructs them making progress and development, creates new crises in their communities and sends these crises to areas outside the region such as terrorism and illegal migration which is linked with organized crime and human trafficking.
We reiterated that terrorism is a global phenomenon that couldn’t be linked with any religion or culture and needs more international efforts to face it especially drafting binding international legislation to challenge the media machine of terrorism and deny extremist groups from using technology including the social media platforms to spread their ideas and recruit new elements.
We have also tackled the issue of illegal immigration and its causes and how to address it, taking into consideration the demographic differences between the area’s peoples and the European labour market needs. We stressed importance of not politicizing the issue of refugees, trading their sufferings or using them as pressure cards to gain narrow gains.
We have affirmed that reaching a comprehensive political solution to the Libyan crisis is the only way to regain stability there, and the necessity of finding a comprehensive treatment to the crisis roots in Libya by enforcing the UN plan approved by the Security Council Late 2017.
We have discussed the latest developments on the Syrian arena and asserted our support to the efforts exerted by the UN envoy to Syria, and the urgent need to resume dialogue among all Syrian parties under the UN umbrella at the nearest chance. We have categorically refused attempts of using power and taking a part away of the Syrian territories and imposing a new status quo in the area.
Concerning the Palestinian Question, which remains the major one in the Middle East, we have stressed that there is no way out but restoring the Palestinian people’s legal rights and establishing its independent state on June 4,1967 border with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Our talks tackled the latest developments in Eastern Mediterranean and the tension and escalation of stances that may result in international and regional polarization due to the unilateral practices that shake stability in the region at large and harm its countries’ interests.
We reiterated support to the efforts exerted by the Cypriot government to reach a comprehensive and just solution to the Cypriot issue, based on relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
We discussed the role that the tripartite cooperation mechanism plays in reaching more rapprochement between the Arab and African states on one hand and the European Union countries on the other, especially of the success of the first Arab-Europe summit in the city of peace; Sharm El-Shikh in February 2019 and the coming summit in Athens on October 29-30, 2019 in light of enforcement of the Africa Free Trade Area Agreement and the importance of Egypt’s Suez Canal Economic Zone.
In conclusion, I extend you my thanks for your pivotal role, far-sightedness, true conviction of the importance of elevating the trilateral cooperation mechanism and taking it off to wider horizon within a frame of moderation and reciprocal keenness to consolidate pillars of security and stability in the area.