Egypt's SISI says cooperation with Greece secures stability in the region

Dec 11, 2015 Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi recently asserted that a closer cooperation between Greece and Egypt in energy, economics and military was paramount in ensuring the region’s stability, growth and security.

Speaking during a meeting with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos in Athens, President al-Sisi said:

“We are in need of more cooperation in a troubled area, with terrorism, economic cooperation, and cooperation even in the fields of security and the military…And here the situation is clear that this matter (terrorism) requires from all of us a comprehensive strategy to face it, because it is a matter that not only threatens the countries that terrorism within them now, it threatens the Middle East, it threatens the Mediterranean, it threatens Europe and it threatens the world.”

Also during the visit to Athens, President al-Sisi attended a trilateral meeting between Greece, Cyprus and Egypt.

President Sisi also spoke of the long standing relation between Egypt and Greece that go back thousands of years.

“We understand the Greek philosophy and they understand ours, the Egyptian philosophy, and therefore we are capable of understanding each other and communicating with each other where it is required. Of course there is a role for Greece, Cyprus and Italy, along with our other European friends which is of utmost importance because we cannot do everything.”

Also speaking after the meeting, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said:

“Two countries with an important geopolitical role, in a fragile and destabilized region where three continents meet, are joining forces targeting peace and prosperity… It is crucial to find a peaceful solution through diplomatic routes in the Syrian crisis and to lay the foundation for reconciliation and democracy within the country. (It is crucial) to have a political solution in Libya for the formation of a unity government there, and the need to effectively combat terrorism which based on religious fundamentalism is spreading,”

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