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Med ministers call for Syria deal to work

MED group foreign ministers reaffirmed the Syrian deal during their third meeting which wrapped up on Friday afternoon in Limassol.

“What is crucial now is the implementation of the plan on the cessation of hostilities that was agreed by the USA and Russia. Its success would be a small, but decisive step towards a credible political process. In this respect, it is very important for countries in the region to desist from any, particularly military, actions that could derail this track,” the ministers announced at a joined press conference after a working lunch.

The meeting was chaired by foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides, with the participation of the foreign ministers of Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Malta and the State Minister for European Affairs of France. The Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), Fathallah Sijilmassi, also attended.

During the two days of the meeting, the seven ministers discussed, inter alia, security and stability issues in the eastern Mediterranean, with particular emphasis on the situation in Syria and Lebanon, the recent developments in Libya. Views were also exchanged on the ways to address the phenomena of terrorism and migration in the wider Sahel region, while the institutional relations between the EU and the Arab world were also discussed.

As regards the issue of supporting Lebanon and Jordan, the seven ministers agreed on the need for the EU to enhance its support.

Concerning the situation in Libya, Kasoulides underlined that they had the opportunity to review the recent developments and political situation in the country.

“We agreed that it is important that the House of Representatives approves the recently proposed Government of National Accord and that a functioning government takes up its duties in Tripoli as soon as possible. This would pave the way to initiate the restoration of stability in the country and, of course, we also discussed how the EU can assist the future Libyan government to respond to the multiple challenges it would face”, he stressed.

Med Group was established following an initiative by Foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides, and it constitutes an informal coordination and consultation group comprising the seven EU Mediterranean member states on issues of common interest.


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