Tarek El Molla, Minister of Petroleum, met with Masaki Noke, the Japanese Ambassador in Egypt, to discuss ways of strengthening the Egyptian-Japanese relations and exchanged views on international cooperation trends in light of the East Med Gas Forum, according to a statement by the Japanese Embassy.

Noke stated that Japan is interested in the potential of what the East Med region might hold in the future.

According to Noke, the seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) will be held in August, which allows for a lot of cooperation, adding that he looks forward to the possibility of cooperation and energy development with Egypt in the future as well.