Mediterranean: Nicosia, Athens, Cairo to boost cooperation

They agreed to promote peace, stability and security in the area

29 April, 17:37

    Cyprus, Greece, and Egypt tripartite summit meeting Cyprus, Greece, and Egypt tripartite summit meeting

    (ANSAmed) - NICOSIA, APRIL 29 - The leaders of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt agreed on Wednesday to boost economic and political cooperation among their respective nations, underlining their commitment to peace and stability in a troubled region as reported by Cyprus Mail online. "Today we have reaffirmed that the trilateral dialogue and cooperation promotes peace, stability, security and prosperity in the eastern Mediterranean, a cooperation which includes, the areas of politics, the economy, trade, tourism and energy," President Nicos Anastasiades said during a joint news conference shortly after the heads of state signed a three-way framework agreement, dubbed the 'Nicosia Declaration'. On energy co-operation, Anastasiades said the leaders reaffirmed a shared conviction that the discovery of significant hydrocarbons reserves "can and must act as a catalyst for broader co-operation on a regional level, contributing to regional stability." "At the same time, we reiterated that the dialogue and co-operation among the three nations is not directed at any third country. On the contrary, it serves as a model for similar co-operation with all the nations of the region," he added. In his own remarks, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said the tripartite agreements are aimed at making the participating nations "the natural gateway for boosting cooperation between Africa and Europe." Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said the three countries decided to extend their co-operation within the international organisations of which they are members. Expressing satisfaction over the outcome of the Nicosia talks, Tsipras extended an invitation to his counterparts to follow up with a third three-way summit in Athens. The first tripartite summit had been held in Cairo in November last year. (ANSAmed).

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