Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said through their trilateral cooperation with Egypt, Israel, Lebanon and Jordan, Cyprus and Greece have become factors of stability in the southeastern Mediterranean and this is extremely important.
Tsipras was speaking during a meeting with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades ahead of the fifth Trilateral Summit among Cyprus, Greece and Egypt, taking place in Nicosia on Tuesday. For his part, Anastasiades welcomed Tsipras, expressing the belief that the Trilateral Summit would be as productive as the previous ones, taking into consideration the new sectors of action which are on the agenda.
He referred to the official visit which Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi paid to Cyprus on Monday, noting that they exchanged views and agreed on fields of cooperation between the two countries, “which are extended to the trilateral effort we are making and which will be on the agenda of our consultations today.”
Anastasiades also expressed Cyprus’ solidarity with Greece, that has been hit by adverse weather conditions.
On his part, Tsipras expressed satisfaction that he is visiting Cyprus. He said Cyprus and Greece have managed through their close cooperation to achieve something important, as they have become a pillar of stability in an unstable region.
He said that “through the trilateral cooperation schemes with Egypt, a very important country in the region, and also with Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Cyprus and Greece are becoming factors of stability in the southeastern Mediterranean.”
The Greek PM also reiterated his country’s support for a just and viable settlement of the Cyprus problem, and thanked President Anastasiades for Cyprus’ support and solidarity with Greece over the recent storm damage.