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Greek, Cypriot presidents hail deeply-rooted ties with Egypt

Tuesday، 01 May 2018 - 01:08 PM

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has hailed the newly-launched "Return to Roots" initiative.

The initiative is a step forward within the framework of tripartite cooperation between the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of Greece and the Arab Republic of Egypt, Anastasiades told a celebration held on the occasion in Alexandria in the presence of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

Anastasiades said that this initiative reaffirms the distinguished relations between three countries and it will contribute to the success of the mechanism of tripartite cooperation among their peoples.

He hailed the multi-faceted contribution of Greeks and Cypriots in Alexandria and Cairo which helped in the preservation of the national and cultural identity of the three countries as well as the development of the ties among their peoples, stressing that Egypt has historical ties with Cyprus and Greece.

The Cypriot president expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to President Sisi for sponsoring the "Return to Roots" initiative, noting that the Egyptian people have embraced the Cypriot community from the very first moment.

For his part, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos thanked Sisi for the initiative he had adopted to further cement the traditional relations among Egypt, Cyprus and Greece. He stressed the importance of cooperation in these difficult times, underlining the need for consolidating joint action and unity.

He pointed out that the three countries are linked by a history of 40 centuries, which have led to their close ties, noting that the three countries are not great powers when it comes to their armament and military might, but they have developed something that is no less important which is a soft and calm power.

History has proved that dialogue and civilization are stronger than military power, he said. Power comes and goes, but civilizations continue for ever ... this has been proven right over the past 40 centuries, he said.

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