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Foreign ministers to meet ahead of tripartite summit

Former Foreign minister Ioannis Kassoulides

FOREIGN Minister Ioannis Kasoulides will on Wednesday meet his respective Greek and Egyptian counterparts, Evangelos Venizelos and Sameh Hassan Shoukry, in Nicosia ahead of the tripartite summit of the leaders of the three countries in Cairo on November 8.

The meeting in Nicosia is a follow up to the ministerial meeting that took place in New York in September on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. It also serves as a preparatory meeting for the Cairo summit. Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is also expected in Cyprus on November 7 on his way to the Cairo summit.

The foreign ministers will on Wednesday discuss possible ways to strengthen the cooperation between the three countries on issues of mutual interest with particular emphasis on security, energy and tourism. Their role and responsibility in contributing to regional stability in the Eastern Mediterranean will also be discussed.

Kasoulides will also host a lunch in honour of his counterparts, and the two visiting foreign ministers will be received at the presidential palace by President Nicos Anastasiades.

Kasoulides said on Tuesday the meeting was of great importance and reflected the efforts of Nicosia for cooperation that would lead to stability and security in the region.

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