INTERVIEW: Cyprus Ambassador to Greece says Egyptian-Cypriot relations are at their best ever – Foreign Affairs – Egypt

Kenevezos has served as Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to Greece since July 1, 2014, with parallel diplomatic accreditations in Tirana, Albania, and Tbilisi, Georgia.

Prior to his post in Athens, he was Minister of Education and Culture in Cyprus, a position he held from March 2013 to March 2014.

Kenevezos was born in Limassol in 1972. After graduating from Lanitio Lyceum B, he performed his military service from 1989 to 1991, concluding it with the rank of Reserve Artillery Second Lieutenant of the Cypriot National Guard. He then graduated from the Faculty of Law of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

He also completed a postgraduate program in Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology of the School of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where he holds a Ph.D. candidate. The subject of his doctoral thesis is “The Political Philosophy of International Relations in the Eastern Mediterranean”.

During the period from 1997 to 2013 he practiced law and in 2008 he founded his own law firm in Limassol, Cyprus.

For several years, he was Secretary General of the Cyprus Democratic Party from 2007 to 2014 as well as Commissioner for Justice and Legal Affairs from 2009 to 2014.

He has been honored by municipalities, universities and organizations in Cyprus and abroad.

Kenevezos is also an honorary citizen of the municipalities of Chios and Oinousses and has been invited as a guest speaker at a number of conferences, workshops and seminars.

He is particularly interested in and has addressed major issues of foreign affairs and security policy and various aspects of the Cyprus problem on the international and domestic political scene.

His articles have been included in domestic and foreign scientific volumes as well as domestic academic journals, while he writes regularly for the daily and weekly press.

Egypt-Cyprus-Greece Trilateral Summit

“Our strategic choice to form these multi-level programs with countries in our region and beyond has been and is the implementation of the general principles that we serve for cooperation, synergies, solidarity, stability and peace. in the wider region,” Kenevezos explained. .

“This included the trilateral summit as well as all the previous and future ones where we achieved both the deepening of our relationship but, more fundamentally, the creation of the conditions for cooperation in many key areas and critical sectors. . .”

The Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF)

“The creation and establishment of the EMGF was for us the logical progression and the culmination of the collaborations that I mentioned previously”, he underlined, adding that through this operational platform/institution , all participants have the opportunity to express their will more substantially and effectively.

At the same time and above all, it establishes a fundamental framework for a structured dialogue and understanding of relevant issues concerning the region and each of the participants.

“It is emphasized that as far as we are concerned, the aim and purpose of each of our proposals, each of our thoughts and each of our strategic movements is to contribute in the service of the fundamental principles of stability, cooperation and peace in the region,” he said.

Opportunities for cooperation between Egypt and Cyprus

According to Kenevezos, one could easily note that Egyptian-Cypriot relations are at their best. The most important factors in building relationships and partnerships are honesty and purity of intention as well as the fundamentals one chooses to serve.

“Egypt and Cyprus are in complete agreement on all the above, and this agreement creates the conditions for co-creation,” he noted.

“It is for this reason that within the framework of the many meetings that have taken place in recent years, agreements and collaborations have emerged concerning so many areas and pillars of action of our two States,” added Kenevezos.

“Obviously, energy and security issues are at the forefront of our discussions, but they are not enough on their own. We should have and have begun a more multi-layered and layered discussion and understanding of issues that affect our citizens and our societies, in the context of daily life, such as environmental, education, trade and immigration issues. This is being done successfully and we aspire to implement it more substantially along the way. »

He also assured that it is for this reason that the decision was taken to create a general directorate that will monitor the progress and implementation of all issues and agreements that arise from the trilateral or quadrilateral schemes.

The achievements of Egyptian President El-Sisi, including megaprojects, new towns and economic reforms

“It is a fact that Egypt is on the path to progress. It gives us great satisfaction,” Kenevezos said.

“It’s very important to feel that a key partner and supporter in your area is thriving and moving forward. This adds to and contributes to the conditions of stability and peace in the region.

“As I have already mentioned, the mutual cooperation, exchange of ideas, experiences and expertise within the framework of the meetings between us is also developing in a number of business sectors, thus offering opportunities for both parties to develop actions, but above all, through them emerges a fundamental link between additional and broader groups of our peoples, which further strengthens relations and promotes the success of the agreements we sign,” he said. he adds.

The results of the NOSTOS initiative

“Cyprus, Egypt and Greece have a unique, long-standing bond that dates back centuries. A genuine relationship of friendship based on strong fundamental principles and values ​​that create an important bond between our peoples,” Kenevezos said. .

“It is in this context that we have promoted and expanded the objectives of our cooperation, in diaspora issues, cooperation and joining forces to serve our common interests, especially in the powerful decision-making centers, where our three countries have strong diaspora communities”.

“Such collaborations strengthen and reinforce the relations of our three countries and bring our peoples closer together, especially abroad,” he added, pointing out that through the NOSTOS tripartite program, four actions have already been implemented. work – one in Alexandria in May 2018 in the presence of the Presidents of the three countries; one in London in October 2018; in Melbourne in March 2019; and finally in the three countries from July to August 2021, when the youth members of the three diasporas were respectively welcomed by the presidents of the three countries.

“In recent years, we have succeeded in bringing diaspora organizations from the three countries even closer together after collaborating and carrying out joint actions in countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa and the United States. United, thus achieving one of the main objectives of our trilateral cooperation on diaspora issues.

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