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FMs discuss creation of trilateral permanent secretariat

Jordanian Foreign Minister Holds A Join Statement With His Cypriot And Greek Counterparts In Amman
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Cyprus Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides, and Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias

The foreign ministers of Cyprus, Greece and Jordan took part in a tripartite meeting in Jordan’s capital Amman on Tuesday to prepare the ground for the creation of a Permanent Secretariat to operate soon in Nicosia.

“The Permanent Secretariat will act as catalyst in the implementation of our decisions and the enhancement of regional cooperation,” Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides said meeting Greece’s Nikos Dendias and Jordan’s Ayman Al Safadi.

“The participation of our three countries in the East Med Gas Forum, together with other regional partners, is a shining example of what can be achieved through dialogue, consensus and cooperation on the basis of International Law and respect for the principles of good neighbourly relations,” he added.

The three foreign ministers also started their preparations for the next Leader’s Summit which is scheduled to be hosted in Athens, in the first half of 2021, and for a potential joint visit to Iraq at the earliest opportunity.

“The potential visit follows the promising discussions we have had with our Iraqi counterpart, aimed at expanding our cooperation in a 3+1 format with Baghdad,” Christodoulides said.

The developments in the Eastern Mediterranean region and the ongoing Turkish provocations as well as the Cyprus problem, Syria and Libya and EU-Jordan relations were also on the agenda.

The foreign minister added that the role of Jordan in the wider Middle East as a stabilising agent and a credible EU partner is of paramount importance.

“The responsible way in which Jordan has managed the immense migratory pressures, without seeking to instrumentalise the pain of refugees and migrants for its own gain, like other countries have, is an example of the country’s integrity.

“In this regard, we welcome last month’s disbursement of €250m to Jordan under the EU macro-financial assistance, which both Greece and Cyprus strongly supported,” Christodoulides said.

Finally, he added that the imminent signing of the bilateral agreement on the Avoidance of Double Taxation, as well as the categorisation of Jordan on a list of countries from which travel will be allowed to Cyprus as of January 15, will add momentum to the dynamic bilateral relationship between the two countries.

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