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Cyprus, Greece, Israel trilateral focus on East Med pipeline (Updated)

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias (left) welcomes Nikos Christodoulides in Athens on Wednesday evening

 

The prime focus of Israel, Greece and Cyprus at this time is to develop the Eastern Mediterranean pipeline which could be one of the great subsea energy projects in the world, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday.

He was speaking prior to a meeting in Jerusalem with the foreign ministers of Cyprus and Greece, Nikos Christodoulides and Nikos Kotzias.

According to a press release, the Israeli Prime Minister noted that “between Greece, Israel and Cyprus we have many things we cooperate on, environment, energy, security, emergency services, tourism and others.”

“Our prime focus right now is on energy, on developing the Eastern Mediterranean pipeline, it’s a great project, could be one of the great underwater projects in the world and obviously it is something we think it is important,” he noted.

“Equally we think it is important that all countries respect the territorial waters, internationally recognised territorial waters, and this is something that is important for all of us,” Netanyahu stressed.

For his part, Christodoulides said: “This is the second time we are in Israel in six months. It is very important that our cooperation, the cooperation of the three predictable, reliable democracies of the region is recognised by the international community as having an added value for the stability in the region, our cooperation is recognised as a pillar of stability.”

In his remarks, Kotzias said that “we have to discuss about the situation in the Middle East, it is very important to discuss about Syria, about a peace plan. We are three countries that love peace and democracy and that is the reason why we want to develop further our cooperation and we have many ideas and many thoughts and we will discuss them.”

On Friday, Christodoulides will be traveling to Cairo together with Kotzias, for consultations with their Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, in the framework of the established trilateral cooperation mechanism between the three countries on issues of trilateral and regional interest.

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