Efforts to explore and exploit hydrocarbon reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean has opened up new opportunities for further enhancing strategic relations between Egypt and Cyprus, said President Nicos Anastasiades yesterday.
Speaking at the Presidential Palace where he received the credentials of new Egyptian ambassador Heba Salaheldin Elmarassi, Anastasiades said: “The strengthening of our bilateral relations in energy matters, with particular emphasis in the field of hydrocarbons, will have positive effects in terms of ensuring the economic development and prosperity of the peoples of both countries, thus fostering peace and security in the Eastern Mediterranean.”
He added that cooperation in the field of hydrocarbons could also serve as a catalyst for broader cooperation on a regional level. Regarding the current political turmoil in Egypt, Anastasiades expressed his belief that the Egyptian people will successfully embark on a transition towards a fully-fledged democracy, abiding by the rule of law, respect of pluralism and the rights of all. “Our sensitive and conflict-fraught region is in need of Egypt fully assuming its pivotal role in the Arab world and actively contributing to efforts towards achieving peace and security in the Middle East,” said the president.
For her part, the Egyptian ambassador said: “We shall never forget the support and solidarity of the government and people of Cyprus for the legitimate demands of Egyptians for freedom, dignity and social justice.”
Source: Cyprus Mail