Energy Minister departs for Cairo
The Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Mr Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, departs tonight for Cairo, where he will hold separate meetings tomorrow with his counterparts from the Arab Republic of Egypt, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Mr Sherif Ismail, and Minister of Industry and Trade, Mr Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour. The visit of the Minister of Energy in Egypt falls under the framework of the preparation of the forthcoming meeting of the Presidents of Cyprus and Egypt, in September in New York, at the General Assembly of the United Nations session.
Messrs Lakkotrypis and Ismail will lead, tomorrow, a meeting of the Joint Technical Committee of Cyprus and Egypt on hydrocarbon issues, the creation of which was agreed during the visit of the Egyptian Minister of Petroleum in Cyprus last February. The agenda of the meeting includes, inter alia, the discussion of the progress made by the two countries and their plans regarding hydrocarbon exploration in their Exclusive Economic Zones, and the presentation of the Republic of Cyprus plans for the exploitation of the confirmed quantities of natural gas in the Cyprus EEZ. Furthermore, ways for further deepening the strategic cooperation between Cyprus and Egypt on energy issues will be examined. - 18.8.2014