(AA) – Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi is due to pay a visit to Greek Cyprus and Spain in late April, the Egyptian presidency has said.
It said in a statement that al-Sisi would pay a visit to Greek Cyprus and Spain on April 29 and 30 respectively.
Al-Sisi, the presidency said, will hold talks with Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades.
It added that al-Sisi would then hold a trilateral summit that would include him, the Greek Cypriot leader and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
The presidency noted that delegations from Egypt, Greece and the Greek Cypriot Administration would then join the talks.
“The three leaders will then hold a press briefing,” the presidency said.
Presidential spokesman Alaa Youssef said these meetings would be held within the framework of “distinguished” relations between Egypt, on one hand, and Greek Cyprus and Greece, on the other.
He added that the meetings would build up on meetings held in Cairo in November of 2014, noting that the Cairo meetings gave an impetus to cooperation between the three countries.
“The next summit will open the door for boosting cooperation with both Greek Cyprus and Greece,” Youssef said in the presidential statement.
He added that after wrapping up his visit to Greek Cyprus, the Egyptian president would head to Spain at an invitation from King Felipe VI.
Al-Sisi, Youssef said, will hold a meeting with the monarch and then another meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Brey.
He added that the Egyptian president would keen to bolster his country’s relations with European countries north of the Mediterranean.
Spain invests a total of $757 million in Egypt in the fields of gas, cement and railways, the presidential spokesman said.