CAIRO - Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides on Tuesday meets in Cairo with officials of Egypt’s interim government in a bid to build bridges between the strife-torn country and the EU.
“It is a visit that aims to enhance bilateral relations between the two neighbouring countries in view of the crisis there,” an insider said.
“But as the Minister himself said he will also try to restore contact between Mrs Catherine Ashton (High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy) and the Egyptian authorities in order for her to contribute to the efforts for democratization,” added the insider.
Kasoulides, who is due to fly back to Cyprus on Tuesday evening, told reporters before his departure that Egypt is a key factor in Cyprus’ regional policy.
“There are a number of issues, especially in the field of energy, which require an understanding between the two countries. We attach great importance to this country” he added.
During his visit, Kasoulides will also meet with Patriarch Theodoros of Alexandria, the religious leader of the Muslims of Al–Aqsa Mosque and the Coptic Patriarch.