The plans for a Greek-Egyptian electricity interconnection were discussed during meetings held by Environment and Energy Minister Kostas Skrekas in Cairo with his Egyptian counterparts.
Specifically, Skrekas met with Egyptian Minister of Environment, Yasmine Fouad, the Minister of Electricity and RES, Mohamed Shaker, and the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Tarek El Molla,
The Greek minister accompanied Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during his Monday visit to Cairo and Alexandria.
The project envisages the interconnection of the mainland electricity grids of Greece and Egypt, which will be the first between Europe and Africa in the Southeastern Mediterranean.
The connection will be made by laying a submarine cable.
During the meeting, they also discussed the possibility of concluding contracts between DEPA and EGAS, the Egyptian gas company, for the purchase and sale of compressed natural gas (CNG) ships to create a virtual gas pipeline between the two countries.
Skrekas stressed the importance of bilateral cooperation for the protection of marine biodiversity, given the geographical proximity of the two countries, while stressing the need to take measures to address the effects of climate change.
Mitsotakis met with the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, His Beatitude Theodoros II, during his visit to Egypt yesterday.
During their meeting, the Patriarch discussed schools belonging to his Patriarchate in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania where students learn the Greek language, and ways for Greece to support these efforts.
For his part, Mitsotakis said that Africa is a “forgotten continent for many, but for many others it is the continent of the 21st century, with enormous potential, enormous prospects.”
“A continent that until recently was forgotten for both Greece and Hellenism and you often fought alone, with minimal strength but with the strength of faith to support you in the most difficult moments to be able to perform this great missionary work,” he added.
The Greek Prime Minister reiterated to the Patriarch that he has the full support of the Greek State in his missionary works that have a humanitarian, cultural, social and educational character.