Egypt is working to strengthen bilateral relations with Greece in the energy field through a proposed electricity interconnection project through Crete Island, and working with the Greek government to export natural gas to Europe, a relevant statement stated.

This was discussed during a meeting between Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis alongside other senior officials from both countries. Mitsotakis affirmed his country’s interest in boosting joint cooperation in the energy field. Greek ministers of energy and environment also discussed possible cooperation with Egypt in the light of Greece’s plans to switch to natural gas and renewable energy.

Mohamed Shaker, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy,  stated that he is working in coordination with the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources to finalize a proposed memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation with Greece in electricity interconnection project. Meanwhile, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Tarek El Molla, expressed his eagerness to sign a long-term agreement in the field of natural gas with Greece.

According to Shaker, Egypt has implemented electricity interconnection with a number of countries, including Sudan; Iraq; Jordan; and others.