Cyprus: Anastasiades, Mitsotakis speak over the phone, discuss EastMed

Cyprus: Anastasiades, Mitsotakis speak over the phone, discuss EastMed

The President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis spoke this morning. What’s interesting, however, is the fact that the announcement of the Greek side regarding the communication does not make any reference to Eastmed, an issue that is mentioned in the announcement of the Cypriot Presidency.

According to the written statement of the Government Spokesman Kyriakos Kousiou”, the President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades had a long telephone conversation today with the Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

During their telephone conversation, which took place on the initiative of the Greek Prime Minister, mutual information was provided in view of the convening by the UN Secretary General of the informal conference on Cyprus, which will be held in Geneva, on April 27-29, in view of the visit of the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the Cyprus issue, Ms. Jane Holl Lute, to Cyprus and then to Greece.

Anastasiades and Mitsotakis exchanged views and also agreed on joint actions to be taken in view of the European Council in Brussels on March 25.

Regarding the reports on the plans for the implementation of the EastMed pipeline, the Prime Minister of Greece confirmed that neither side raised the issue of canceling the construction of the project, as it has been planned, and clarified that bilateral talks with Egypt concern the possibility of building an additional pipeline towards Greece, with natural gas from Egypt.

Finally, the President of the Republic accepted the invitation of the Prime Minister to participate in the celebrations that will take place in Athens, on March 24 and 25, on the occasion of the completion of 200 years since the Greek Revolution of 1821″.

The announcement of the Greek side states the following:

“Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had a telephone conversation today with the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, in the context of the close and continuous coordination of Athens and Nicosia on all issues.

The two leaders discussed developments ahead of the informal 5 + 1 Conference on the Cyprus issue, convened by the UN Secretary-General on April 27-29, as well as preparations for the European Council on March 25-26”.

Today, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will also visit Cyprus, following his visit to Cairo on Monday morning. In Nicosia he will meet with Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides./ibna