In bilateral talks through a phone call, the Egyptian Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister, Tarek El Molla, and Israeli Energy Minister, Karine El Harrar, discussed cooperation between the two countries in the field of natural gas, and future plans to receive Israeli gas to be liquefied in the Egyptian natural gas liquefaction plants for a purpose of re-export, the two ministries said in a joint statement.

Moreover, the two sides discussed cooperation within the framework of the East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF), asserting the necessity and importance of strengthening bilateral and multilateral cooperation among the forum’s members to unlock the full potential of gas in the region.

Enhancing bilateral and multilateral natural gas cooperation between the EMGF members will have a major effect that will surpass the Mediterranean region, El Molla noted.

Egypt is an important partner for Israel in all fields, as the geographical proximity and the similarity of environmental characteristics give the cooperation in the energy sector a great significance, El Harrar said, expressing hopes for cooperation with El Molla to use the capabilities and expertise of each country in order to achieve energy security for all the peoples of the region.