Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris, who offered to buy a Mediterranean island to help hundreds of thousands of Syrians fleeing war, said late on Monday he was in talks to buy two private Greek islands.
The businessman announced earlier this month he was looking to buy an island which would “host the migrants and provide jobs for them building their new country.”
More than 2,300 people have died at sea trying to reach Europe since January, many of them Syrians fleeing their country’s four-and-a-half year conflict.
A statement from Sawiris’s company on Monday said he had “identified two privately owned Greek islands that constitute a good opportunity for the project.”
“We have corresponded with the owners and expressed our interest to go into negotiation with them,” it said.