Today, Dr. Ali Abdel-Al, Speaker of the House of Representatives, attended a parliamentary delegation at the first parliamentary meeting between the heads of the parliaments of Egypt, Cyprus and Greece to discuss some issues of common concern.
At the beginning of the meeting, Dr. Ali Abdel-Al gave a welcoming speech in which he referred to the importance of the meeting as the first founding meeting between the heads of the parliament of Egypt, Cyprus and Greece. He will be an important supporter of the tripartite summit held at the level of the heads of our three countries, The first summit was held in Cairo (November 2014) and the sixth summit was held recently in Greece (November 2018).
Dr. Ali Al-Aal pointed out that the regularity of holding this summit annually between the Egyptian President, the President of Cyprus and the Prime Minister of Greece reflects the keenness of these leaders to coordinate efforts to rearrange the security and economic conditions in the region. Natural gas and demarcation of the maritime border to build an effective and deterrent regional entity for the destabilizing and security forces of the region, terrorist groups with extremist ideologies and the waves of illegal immigration across the Mediterranean, which have become a source of concern to the Governments of the Mediterranean countries.
The three sessions of the meeting dealt with three important topics: energy, tourism, culture and education.
Dr. Ali Abdel-Al said in his talk about energy that the Eastern Mediterranean region has witnessed many natural gas discoveries during the last period, which has strengthened its geographic and strategic importance. The most prominent fields are the field of the Egyptian field, which is the largest field so far in the eastern Mediterranean. 30 trillion cubic feet, pointing out that within the framework of Egypt's bid to transform the regional center, the project of electric linkage is one of the most important projects under the umbrella of tripartite cooperation, where a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Holding Company for Electricity and Euro-Africa Interconnector To connect the electricity between Egypt and Cyprus as a first stage, and then Greece through the island of Crete as a second stage.
He added that achieving regional cooperation in the field of electric energy will have a positive impact on the use of diverse natural resources for energy in an optimal manner, and achieve sustainable regional development based on the integration of state policies for the present and future energy.
Dr. Abdel-Al pointed out that Egypt, Cyprus and Greece are in urgent need at this time and more than ever for more investments in the field of tourism, especially in the field of linking the tourist destinations of the three countries, and the importance of activating what has been agreed upon in this field, Especially with respect to the conduct of maritime tourism trips between the three countries.
Dr. Abdel-Al also pointed to the importance of activating what was agreed upon in the initiative to revive the roots 2, especially with regard to revitalizing medical tourism and strengthening the bonds of friendship between the peoples of Egypt, Cyprus and Greece.
Regarding the issues of culture and education, Dr. Abdel-Aal stressed that the file of culture is one of the most important areas of cooperation within the framework of the tripartite cooperation mechanism based on the ancient heritage of cultural and cultural interaction between the three countries through the ages and the impact of their civilization on the Eastern Mediterranean region.
Dr. Abdel-Al pointed out the importance of intensifying bilateral and trilateral cooperation between the three countries to combat illegal trade in antiquities, in order to preserve their rich cultural heritage.
Dr. Abdel-Aal stressed the importance of cooperation in the field of education within the framework of the tripartite cooperation mechanism to exchange experiences and seek to conclude agreements of understanding between the schools and universities of the three countries in order to promote the introduction of the Arabic language in Cyprus education and support the Cyprus orientation in this regard. From the Cypriot side.