Egypt’s Parliament Speaker, Ali Abdel Aal, headed to Cyprus on Saturday in a two-day visit to participate in a tripartite summit with his Cypriot and Greek counterparts.
The meeting between parliamentary officials is the first of its kind, according to head of the parliament’s committee of foreign affairs, Tarek El-Khouly.
The summit will be held today in line with the recent meeting between President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the President of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiadis in October 2018, El-Khouly said.
Abdel Aal was accompanied by a high-delegation that will attend meetings of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PA-UfM) at the European Parliament Office in Cyprus.
Egypt has strong ties with Greece and Cyprus. In November 2014, the three countries started tripartite cooperation mechanism and several meetings have been held so far. In April 2018, the first phase of “Nostos – The Return” was held in Alexandria, while the second phase took place in London in October 2018, where a conference for physicians from the three communities was held.
The third phase of the “Nostos programme” implemented in the framework of the trilateral cooperation among Cyprus, Greece, and Egypt on diaspora issues is expected to be held in Australia at the end of March.