Energy plans between Cyprus-Cairo on track

Plans to jointly utilize gas found at Aphrodite plot offshore Cyprus with neighbouring Egypt remain on track despite recent large finds of hydrocarbon reserves at Zhor field within Cairo’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

This is what Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides told state radio on Wednesday, hours only after his return to Cyprus from a two day official visit to Cairo.

Kasoulides, who was invited over to Cairo by his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, also said that talks focused on preparations behind October’s Trilateral Summit in Cairo of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt.

In addition, his visit included talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi with whom he also discussed developments in Turkey following July’s attempted coup.

Kasoulides also briefed the President on Cyprus problem developments with the Egyptian side appearing particularly keen to hear Nicosia’s view on the way the failed coup might impact the UN-brokered Cyprus peace process.

The two also discussed progress with regards to investment schemes decided at an earlier trilateral meeting in Athens, last December.

Two of the schemes concern the construction of aquaculture infrastructure and the planting of olive trees in Egypt.

Sisi and Kasoulides also discussed prospects in tourism, focusing on air transportation and cruise ship trips, connecting destinations in Greece, Cyprus and Egypt.

Source: In-Cyprus