Cairo, October 11, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
During the joint press conference that followed the trilateral meeting, President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades expressed his “special” satisfaction for the fourth Egypt-Cyprus-Greece Summit meeting, and thanked President of Cyprus Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for the hospitality and warm reception he provided both to himself and Prime Minister Tsipras.
“Today’s Summit meeting was, in my view, completely successful with regard to the pursued objectives. In other words, the further deepening, consolidation and broadening of the trilateral mechanism through very specific actions, with the aim for it to form a model of constructive regional cooperation for the benefit of the people of the three countries”, Anastasiades said and added that “the adoption of the Cairo Declaration affirms that the trilateral dialogue and cooperation promote, above all, the implementation of international law and the enhancement of security, peace stability and growth in the Eastern Mediterranean”.
The Cypriot President went on to say that the need for Cyprus, Egypt and Greece to address common challenges and problems has formed this framework of institutionalized cooperation, which intends to provide answers to these issues, without functioning against any third state.
“Today, we agreed to broaden the dialogue even more, at all levels, and to further institutionalize our cooperation in international organizations”, Anastasiades pointed out.
Regarding the EU – Egypt relations, the President said that “we, Cyprus and Greece, have confirmed that we will continue to support the strengthening of the relations between the European Union and Egypt, especially on issues that promote peace and stability in our area, such as the fight against terrorism, security, stability and crisis management, as well as migrant flows”.
Mr Anastasiades said that there was an exchange of views with regard to the latest developments on regional issues, such as, among others, the situation in Syria, Libya and Yemen, but also on the peace process in the Middle East, and all three parties agreed that there must be coordinated efforts by the moderate powers to address these regional challenges.
President Anastasiades thanked both President el-Sisi and Prime Minister Tsipras for Egypt’s and Greece’s support and friendship.
Mr Anastasiades also made a reference to the Energy issue, stating that “it is our common understanding that the discovery of significant reserves of hydrocarbons in the Eastern Mediterranean can and must function as a catalyst for broader cooperation at a regional level, thereby contributing to the welfare and the stability of the countries of our area, while also offering prospects for cooperation with Europe”.
“We also discussed, as Mediterranean countries, ways for the establishment of a mixed economic committee on blue economy issues, which will concern, among other things, the cooperation on sea transport, research, technology and innovation, maritime and coastal tourism, education and maritime environment”, the President of the Republic of Cyprus said, highlighting the adoption of two Joint Declarations of Intentions: The first one sets the foundations for close cooperation in the field for the protection of maritime environment; and the second one determines, in general principles, the sectors for the additional cooperation on issues of sea transport, ports and partially tourism.
President Anastasiades closed his statement by expressing his wish for the continuation and deepening of this cooperation for the benefit both of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt, but also of the countries of the area.