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Nicosia to host next Cyprus-Greece-Egypt meet

Nicosia will host the next trilateral meeting at the level of foreign ministers between Cyprus, Greece and Egypt.

The three countries have expressed their common willingness and intention to organise a trilateral summit as soon as possible.

The foreign ministers of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt, Ioannis Kasoulides, Evangelos Venizelos and Sameh Shoukry respectively, met on Friday in New York and reaffirmed their political cooperation.
Speaking to the press after the meeting, Kasoulides said he and his counterparts had the opportunity to exchange views on issues related to the region. He described countries like Egypt as “the pivot for the stability in this area”.

“It has been proven so in the efforts for the ceasefire in Gaza and for the efforts of finding a political solution in Libya,” he said.

Kasoulides added that the three countries had decided practical ways to work together “in order to contribute to stability, and to peace in our region and to be present in a way that shows that we are not just following the events without reacting”.

Venizelos said the trilateral format was an excellent instrument for political cooperation. “Egypt is always the key factor for everything in the Arab world and we have some very concrete proof in recent weeks with the ceasefire in Gaza and also with the Egyptian initiatives on Libya”. He also added that the role of Greece and Cyprus as EU members was always very important.
“From this point of view our trilateral cooperation is a platform of stability for the wider region,” he added.

The Egyptian minister his country was committed to the trilateral relationship and to consolidating its mutual cooperation with both Greece and Cyprus. “We certainly have joint ambitions and also challenges that we need to meet and we must meet them collectively”, he said.

He went on to say that the proximity of the three countries “makes it imperative for us to be able to coordinate our positions and to contribute positively to meet the challenges that face us and to establish greater security and stability in our region, so that to provide us the necessary ability to forge ahead of economic and political coordination”. (CNA)


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