Cyprus: Anastasiades, El-Sisi, Mitsotakis discuss strengthening of tripartite cooperation and condemn Turkish aggression

Cyprus: Anastasiades, El-Sisi, Mitsotakis discuss strengthening of tripartite cooperation and condemn Turkish aggression

In a joint statement, the leaders of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt, namely Nicos Anastasiades, Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Abdel Fatah El-Sisi, condemned the illegal actions of Turkey in Varosha, the illegal drilling and the violations in the Aegean, following the 8th Tripartite Summit held today in Nicosia.

The Cyprus issue and the Turkish provocations, energy cooperation, migration, the fight against terrorism, regional issues and the situation in relation to the coronavirus pandemic were at the center of the Tripartite Summit.

“Today, we were given the opportunity to consider ways to further strengthen our relations”, said President Anastasiades.

“As we have often stressed, the tripartite cooperation is not directed against anyone, but instead promotes security and stability in the region”, stressed the President of Cyprus.

He added that “I informed my interlocutors that I have already sent out an invitation to the Turkish Cypriot leader for an informal meeting”. He also noted that he had penned a letter to the UN Secretary General as well, declaring his readiness to respond to any initiatives. The cultivation of a favorable climate through the de-escalation of the provocative actions on the part of Turkey constitutes a condition on that matter, he underlined.

The President of Egypt Abdel Fatah El-Sisi took the floor afterwards, highlighting the good cooperation between the three countries. He mentioned, among other things, that the Tripartite Summit represents a space for the three participants’ common visions in the various sectors and for the coordination of positions on regional and international issues.

“The cooperation of the three countries exemplifies the coexistence of three neighboring peoples that are under the compass of International Law”, said Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

He went on to refer to the coronavirus pandemic and then to regional security issues, while talking about imperial tactics and aggressive practices accompanied by provocations on behalf of Turkey. He added: “We have agreed that this constitutes a behavior that constantly challenges international treaties and undermines regional security, while offending the UN and EU decisions; a behavior that causes problems in NATO and contradicts the positions of countries such as the US and the EU. The three of us discussed again how Turkey’s illegal memorandum with the Libyan administration deepened the crisis in Libya, while the transfer of mercenaries undermines Europe’s security. Our position on Libya, as it has been portrayed, is that the political solution in Libya can only derive from the Libyans themselves. We also discussed the Turkish aggression against the Republic of Cyprus, which continues and escalates through inflammatory initiatives, such as the one in Famagusta “.

Bilateral meetings between Anastasiades and Mitsotakis, Anastasiadis and El-Sisi, as well as between Mitsotakis and El-Sisi preceded, followed by a tripartite private meeting of the three leaders and extended talks of the delegations of Cyprus, Greece, Egypt, within the Tripartite Summit afterwards. /ibna