Egypt-Greece-Cyprus summit prioritizes power cooperation

Egypt, Greece and Cyprus held a tripartite assembly in Athens Tuesday because the alliance between the Eastern Mediterranean states continues to strengthen.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi participated within the ninth annual summit together with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades. The trio mentioned electrical energy cooperation, power exploration within the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus’ dispute with Turkey and extra, Egypt’s official Middle East News Agency reported.

Regarding power, Mitsotakis pledged throughout the talks to hyperlink Egypt to the European Union’s power market through an underwater cable by way of the ocean, The Associated Press reported.

In addition to coordination on power, Egypt, Greece and Cyprus signed a navy cooperation settlement in April. Their relationship is partially motivated by a want to counter Turkey, which has offshore drilling plans in waters claimed by Greece and Cyprus.

At the identical time, Egypt is working to restore its lengthy fractured relationship with Turkey. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry reported some progress on this entrance earlier this month. Relations soured over Turkey’s help for the Muslim Brotherhood opposition in Egypt.

Mitsotakis additionally mentioned that as Greece seeks to diversify its power sources, it might at some point receive solar-powered electrical energy by way of Egypt, in response to the AP. Egypt has been working to develop photo voltaic power in response to electrical energy costs growing and energy cuts within the nation. Egypt can also be fascinated with exporting its pure fuel and reached an settlement in September to ship fuel to Lebanon.