Cyprus will support EU-Egypt partnership, including on agricultural products, says Cypriot Foreign Minister – Foreign Affairs – Egypt

Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides

“Negotiations are ongoing, but we are close to signing [a deal] and we will support Egypt in the European Union as we always do,” he said in an interview with Al-Ahram daily to be published on Monday.

Kasoulides said that trade between Cyprus and Egypt has already increased in recent years and is expected to increase further in the future, especially after the last meeting of the Egyptian Cypriot committee, during which the two sides discussed the exchange of agricultural products.

The Cypriot minister hinted that there are obstacles on the way to reaching a fisheries agreement between Egypt and his country due to what he called EU ‘obstacles’ , but he stressed that Nicosia looks forward to seeing Egypt engage in cooperation agreements with all EU members, not only in the field of fisheries, but also in the field of agricultural products.

Regarding the Russian-Ukrainian war, he expressed his gratitude to the initiative of the Arab League aimed at finding a diplomatic solution to the war, especially in view of its impacts on the whole world and Africa in terms of food supply. wheat.

Responding to the likelihood of cooperation between the EU and the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF), he said that the Cypriot President had expressed during the European Council meetings the willingness of the EMGF to supply gas natural to Europe, but noted that the can do it in the medium to long term, but Europe needs gas now.

“Infrastructure [needed for transferring gas to Europe] may not be quite ready and we should let such a step be implemented in the medium term,” he added.

However, the forum, assured Kasoulides, must take a decision soon to export liquefied natural gas to Europe, adding “I am talking about the Aphrodite gas field in Cyprus, as well as the two liquefaction plants in Damietta and Idku in Egypt”.

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Amalia H. Mercado