PM Tsipras: We are cooperating so that, on the basis of international law, we can exploit our national wealth

Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday received Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who is carrying out an official visit to Greece, for talks at the government headquarters in Athens. The Egyptian president thanked him for the opportunity to meet and noted the historically strong ties of friendship between Greece and Egypt.

He expressed hope that the trilateral cooperation launched between Greece, Egypt and Cyprus will form a “nucleus for cooperation” throughout the region and referred to the need for stability in the Middle East.

“Our cooperation rests on very firm foundations and we attach great importance to expanding it,” Tsipras said, following a meeting with the Egyptian leader.

Arriving for the meeting, the Egyptian president expressed hope that the trilateral cooperation launched between Greece, Egypt and Cyprus will form a “nucleus for cooperation” throughout the region and referred to the need for stability in the Middle East.

In reply to reporters, Tsipras again repeated that the cooperation between Greece and Egypt, as well as the trilateral cooperation with Cyprus, was not aimed at any other country in the region.

“We are cooperating so that, on the basis of international law, we can exploit our national wealth and proceed with initiatives for joint development,” he said, when asked about a delay in delineating an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) between the two countries and whether this was because of possible reactions from Turkey.