“The signing of the EEZ partial delimitation agreement on August 6 and its entry into force is a milestone for relations between our countries, as well as for the wider region,” President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou said on Wednesday, during a meeting with visiting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is on an official visit to Greece.

The President of the Republic pointed out that it is very important for Greece and herself, personally, that the country is today welcoming the leader of a great, friendly nation, which is also a pillar of stability in the region and a real leader of power in the Muslim and Arab world.

“A country associated with Greece, with long-standing relations of friendship, respect and culture,” she added, addressing President al-Sisi, expressing her regret that “the pandemic does not allow us to give your visit the splendour we would like.”

Sakellaropoulou also referred to the escalation of Turkish aggression and delinquency and condemned the recent resurgence of terrorism with religion as a pretext, emphasising that it is indisputable that religious values have nothing to do with acts of extremism.
On his part, the Egyptian President thanked President Sakellaropoulou for the warm welcome and referred to the long-term relationship between the two countries. As he noted, he has visited Greece many times, while he expressed his confidence that their discussions will be constructive.

He agreed with Sakellaropoulou regarding the agreement of August 6, noting that it will contribute to the strengthening of bilateral relations and added that other agreements will follow.

He also stressed that Egypt will stand by Greece and in support of its rights, on any issue related to the country’s security and maritime borders.

Finally, the Egyptian president agreed that recent terrorist acts have nothing to do with religion or with what some believe, but are the acts of extremists, which must not lead to religious conflicts.