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Anastasiades: Cyprus is one of Jordan’s ambassadors to the EU (Update 3)

King Abdullah II with President Anastasiades at the official welcome ceremony at Al Husseiniya Palace, Amman

By George Psyllides
Cyprus is building tripartite co-operation with Jordan and Greece, as part of an effort to bring prosperity to the region, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Wednesday.
Speaking after a meeting with Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Nsour, Anastasiades said Cyprus was also ready to start talks on a technical level to find viable ways of exporting natural gas to Jordan.
The president said Cyprus could be a bridge for synergies in the region, with energy being one of the incentives that could bring peace and not increase conflict.
“We are ready to play a role and contribute to finding ways of co-operation,” he said. “That is why we are building a tripartite between Egypt, Greece, and Cyprus, a tripartite with Israel (and Greece), and a new tripartite relation between Jordan, Cyprus, and Greece.”
Anastasiades said they were trying to see whether this could extend to other neighbouring countries.
“To have prosperity we must first have peace and stability. And this is what we are truing to build: more, and stronger relations.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Anastasiades met with Jordanian leader King Abdullah II.
“I want to assure you that Jordan has a special place both in our hearts as well as in our external policy,” Anastasiades said. “You can consider Cyprus as one of your ambassadors in the EU.”
The president said there was a mutual determination to further promote and expand the excellent relationship between the two countries, especially at a time when developments in the region were cause for concern.
“We both form part of the wider Middle East and we both have a great stake in the stability in our geographic area,” Anastasiades said. “We both share the common objective of creating conditions conducive to lasting peace and stability and developments in the region and beyond.”
The fact that Jordan was providing shelter and adequate living conditions to more than 1.2mln refugees was a social and humanitarian act that deserved due international merit, he added.
“Jordan can count on our support in the efforts to effectively manage the deepening humanitarian crisis,” Anastasiades said, pledging to convey Jordan’s views on the matter during Thursday’s informal European Summit in Malta.
Nicosia intends to propose to the EU to provide financial assistance to Jordan so that it can cope with the overwhelming influx of refugees.
King Abdullah spoke of the “tremendously warm relations” between the two countries, which span 53 years.
“This is a relationship we cherish with tremendous pride,” the king added.
He commended the tremendous support that Cyprus, as a member of the EU, has provided Jordan and looked forward to discussing ways of strengthening relations.
On a political level “the relationship has been fantastic,” Abdullah said. “We would like to see the opportunities of how we can obviously strengthen our economic relations as friends and as brothers and sisters. This is a warm family relationship that we all treasure.”

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