Greek PM eyes closer Egypt ties


Strong ties between Greece and Egypt could become a catalyst for regional stability, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Tuesday as he welcomed Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi in Athens.

El-Sisi will spend two days in the Greek capital for talks that are expected to focus on energy and shipping.

“Your visit inaugurates a new period of close cooperation between the two countries,” Tsipras told the Egyptian leader.

“You have sincerely conveyed Egypt’s voice to our European friends,” said el-Sisi.

In an earlier meeting, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos praised Egypt's “stabilizing” role in the Middle East.

On Wednesday, el-Sissi and Tsipras will be joined by Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades for talks expected to be dominated by the exploitation of Mediterranean undersea gas deposits as well as regional security. A similar meeting was held in Cyprus in April.