The third Ministerial Meeting of the Mediterranean Group takes place in Cyprus

The third Ministerial Meeting of the Mediterranean Group takes place in Cyprus

Athens, February 24, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

In Limassol takes place on February 25-16, 2016, the 3rd Ministerial Meeting of the Mediterranean Group (Med Group), which was set up at the initiative of the Republic of Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides (photo) and is an informal coordination and consultation group of the seven Mediterranean Member States of the European Union on issues of common interest.

The Ministerial Meeting, chaired by the Foreign Minister of Cyprus, will attend the Foreign Ministers of Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain and the French Foreign Minister, while the working lunch will be attended by the Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Fathallah Sijilmassi.

According to an official announcement, at the focus of the works will be, among other things, the efforts to resolve the crisis in Syria, as well as security and stability issues in the Eastern Mediterranean region, with particular emphasis on the situation in Syria and Lebanon.

At the same time, Ministers will exchange views on recent developments in Libya and the EU’s actions to address the phenomena of terrorism and immigration in the wider Sahel region.

During the working lunch, which will take place in the presence of Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean, will be discussed the institutional relations between the EU and the Arab world.

The Ministerial Meeting will be concluded with the adoption of a Joint Communiqué and with a joint press conference.