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MED-7 Summit in Nicosia set to focus on EU’s great challenges

Migrants, who were part of a group intercepted aboard a dinghy off the coast in the Mediterranean sea, are led by police officers after arriving on a rescue boat at a port in Malaga, southern Spain, December 13, 2016

The 5th MED-7 Summit which will take place on Tuesday afternoon, in Nicosia, is set to focus on the great challenges the EU is faced with today, including the migration crisis, Brexit, energy security, the next multi-annual fiscal framework, developments in the euro area and climate change.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades will host French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, at the Filoxenia Conference Centre, in Nicosia.

In statements yesterday, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said that “the seven countries share common interests.”

He further pointed out that some of the greatest challenges Europe is faced with today are of particular interest to the Mediterranean, noting that such challenges include the migration issue and the inflow of refugees.

It is expected that the MED-7 will also discuss the Cyprus problem and President Anastasiades will brief his counterparts on the latest developments.

A joint declaration is expected to be issued after the Summit concludes.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

CNA

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