Today, Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides participated in a tripartite teleconference with the Foreign Ministers of Jordan and Greece, Ayman Safadi and Nikos Dendias respectively.
During the teleconference, the three homologues exchanged views, among other things, on the progress in the framework of the institutionalized tripartite cooperation between Cyprus, Greece and Jordan, on the cooperation of the three countries with Iraq, on addressing the effects of the pandemic, on developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, including the Middle East peace process and the situation in Libya and Syria respectively, as well as European Union-Jordan relations.
Regarding the tripartite cooperation, the Ministers decided that as soon as possible, their countries will appoint representatives to the Permanent Secretariat of the Tripartite Cooperation based in Nicosia, as well as national coordinators at the capitals. They also agreed to hold an extended high-level meeting on foreign policy, defense and security as soon as possible, with the participation of the competent Ministers of the three countries.
Christodoulides, Safadi and Dendias agreed that, as soon as the conditions allow, they will go to Iraq together, with the aim of further promoting cooperation in the context of 3 + 1.
Acknowledging the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in their countries and in the wider region, the Ministers discussed the prospects of strengthening tripartite cooperation, with particular emphasis on identifying, developing and exploiting tourism partnerships. For this purpose, they agreed to arrange a meeting/teleconference of the competent Ministers of Cyprus – Greece – Jordan on tourism issues.
During the discussion on the situation in the wider region of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, in light of recent developments, the Ministers reaffirmed their common commitment to ensuring conditions of peace, security and co-operation in the region, on the basis of respect for the International Law, with the aim of dealing more effectively with common challenges, for the benefit of the three countries, their peoples, but also the wider region.
In this context, the Foreign Ministers discussed the ongoing illegal activities of Turkey in the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus, as well as the provocative actions of Ankara in the air, sea and land borders with Greece. They also exchanged views on the Middle East peace process and the situation in Libya and Syria, respectively.
The three ministers finally discussed the prospects for strengthening European Union-Jordan relations, examining specific ways in which Cyprus and Greece can play a positive role in strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation and EU’s further support for Jordan./ibna