The Foreign Ministers of Cyprus, Greece, Israel and the United Arab Emirates held their first joint meeting in Paphos on Friday after the recent normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, stressing the importance of this meeting in statements that followed in terms of cooperation and peace in the region.
According to Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides, this meeting epitomizes the new era in which the region has entered, guided by a common vision for an area of stability, prosperity and peace through cooperation.
He also said that he briefed his counterparts on the latest developments in the Cyprus issue, with a unanimous conviction “that a reunited Cyprus must be a functioning, viable sovereign state, without foreign intervention and anachronistic systems that have no place in the 21st century.”
The meeting was attended by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Christodoulides; Greece, Nikos Dendias; Israel, Gabi Ashkenazi, and the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who participated via teleconference and was represented by Adviser to the President of the UAE and former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the country, Dr. Anwar Gargash.
It was also stressed that this cooperation is open to other countries in the region.
The repertoire of talks included the situation in Libya, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, the energy sector, civil protection, medicine, education. /ibna