Following the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Cyprus, Jordan and Greece in Brussels on 18 January 2016 and the Trilateral Political Consultations at the level of the Secretaries-General of the respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs in Nicosia on 11 April 2016, the 2nd Trilateral Political Consultations at the level of the Secretaries-General of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs were held in Athens on 18 October 2017.
The Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Ambassador Dimitrios Paraskevopoulos, hosted a meeting with his counterparts from Cyprus and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, and Secretary General, Ambassador Zaid Al-Lozi, respectively.
During the April 2016 Political Consultations, the Parties identified potential field for trilateral cooperation. Following on this and pursuant to a review and collation of proposals received, the parties identified specific area of cooperation within the following fields:
– Renewable Energy Resources andEnergy Efficiency
– Protection of Environment/Management of Water Resources
– Culture/Protection of Antiquities
These proposals will be submitted to the first trilateral meeting at Heads of State/Government level for approval while the discussion to extend the cooperation to additional areas of common interest will continue.
Based on the previous trilateral meeting, the Parties discussed ways of intensifying cooperation in multilateral fora and exchanged views on regional and international issues, especially on recent developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East and the wider region. They reiterated the commitment of the three countries to continue the solid and enhanced coordination and cooperation in all fields.
They highlighted once again the added value of regional dialogue in order to further strengthen the relation between Europe and the Middle East in a spirit of solidarity, mutual respect and understanding. They stressed the stabilizing and constructive role of the three countries in the region and emphasized their initiatives to promote tolerance, as well as interfaith and intercultural dialogue.
The Parties reiterated their strong condemnation of all terrorist activities, expressed grave concern for the proliferation of terrorism both at regional and global levels and underlined the priority of regional and international cooperation in combating this global threat through a strategic holistic approach to address terrorism and extremism. They stressed the importance of addressing the root causes of the region’s conflicts and the necessity of countering religious and ethnic sectarianism, extremism and radicalization, especially among the youth. They also highlighted the need that political solution be achieved to the problems in the region.
Regarding the ongoing refugee and migratory crisis, the Secretaries-General agreed that effective management is the responsibility not only of neighboring states and Europe but also of the international community as a whole. To this end, initiatives should be taken to address the root causes of this complex phenomenon (including wars, conflicts, dire economic conditions and lack of stability) through cooperation with countries of origin and transit.
In this context, they underlined the crucial role of Greece with regard to the reception and accommodation of the refugees and appreciated the humane treatment of the refugees in the country. They also reiterated the need for the EU to support Jordan with regard to the burdens and challenges related to hosting over 1.3 million Syrians.
The Parties expressed appreciation for the efforts of His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al-Hussein, in the context of the Hashemite Custodianship and the special role of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the Christian and Muslim Holy Sites in Jerusalem.
The Parties reaffirmed their constant support to the efforts of the President and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus to reach a comprehensive, just, lasting and viable solution to the Cyprus problem in accordance with UNSC Resolutions, International Law and the principles upon which the European Union is founded.
The Parties reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen the cooperation of the three countries and expand their dialogue at all levels with the aim of promoting common interests and contributing to regional peace, stability, security and prosperity of the wider region.
It is expected that the next trilateral meeting will take place at the level of Heads of State/Government in Nicosia./IBNA