House of Representatives President Demetris Syllouris, who is on an official visit to Egypt, has announced that the Speakers of Parliament from Cyprus, Greece, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq will have a meeting in Nicosia in the next couple of months, the Cyprus Mail Online reported.
In the context of his official visit, following an invitation by President of the Egyptian Parliament, Ali Abdel-Aal, Syllouris had a meeting with his counterpart and a large parliamentary delegation at the Egyptian parliament, followed by a tour of the historic building and a lunch hosted by Abdel- Aal in his honour.
In statements after the visit concluded Abdel-Aal said that the talks confirmed “the strong ties connecting our two friendly countries.”
I stressed once more Egypt’s position on the Cyprus problem, he noted, expressing his country’s unwavering support of Cyprus’ “just struggle to restore its sovereignty in the entire territory of the Republic of Cyprus”. He also expressed “our support for Cyprus’ right to discover and exploit natural resources in the Mediterranean Sea within its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).”
He continued pointing out that “we convey this support not only when we talk among us but also in international fora, where Cyprus does not participate, in particular at the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation and elsewhere.”
Abdel-Aal also said he thanked Cyprus for its support on Egyptian positions in fora where Egypt is not represented and in particular at European Parliament level.
“We always support Cyprus and I want you to know in Cyprus that you have good friends in Egypt,” he said referring to a very constructive cooperation that may take place in a bilateral, trilateral level or even between five different countries.
On his part, Syllouris said that discussions continued in a very practical manner and that the matters discussed where a follow up from a trilateral conference which took place in Cyprus earlier this year between Cyprus, Greece and Egypt and had to do with education, energy, commerce and security.
He further announced that “we have agreed that following a trilateral conference between Greece, Jordan and Cyprus which took place in Amman a few days ago, there will be one with the participation of five countries, namely Greece, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq and Cyprus, in Cyprus, before the summer.”