New York.- Nicosia is going to host the next trilateral meeting on the level of Foreign Ministers of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt. At the same time the three countries have expressed their common willingness and intention to organize a trilateral summit as soon as possible in Cairo.
The Foreign Ministers of Cyprus, Ioannis Kasoulides, Greece, Evangelos Venizelos and Egypt, Sameh Shoukry met Friday in New York and reaffirmed their political cooperation.
Speaking to the press after the meeting, the Cypriot FM expressed satisfaction because him and his counterparts had the opportunity to exchange views on issues related to the region of the Eastern Mediterranean. He described countries like Egypt as “the pivot for the stability in this area”.
“It has been proven so in the efforts for the cease fire in Gaza and for the efforts of finding a political solution in Libya”.
Kasoulides added that the three countries have decided practical ways to work together “in order to contribute to the stability and to peace in our region and to be present in a way that shows that we are not just following the events without reacting”.
Greek FM Venizelos in his statements said that the trilateral format is an excellent instrument for the three countries` political cooperation , adding that “Egypt is always the key factor for everything in the Arab world and we have some very concrete proofs in the last weeks with the cease fire in Gaza and also with the Egyptian initiatives on Libya”. He also added that the role of Greece and Cyprus as countries members of the European Union for the stability in the wider region, is always very important.
“From this point of view our trilateral cooperation is a platform of stability for the wider region. I repeat once again my thanks and please take the floor”, he added.
The Egyptian Minister said that his country is committed to the trilateral relationship and to consolidating its mutual cooperation with both Greece and Cyprus. “We certainly have joint ambitions and also challenges that we need to meet and we must meet them collectively”, he added.
He went on to say that the three countries` proximity in terms of the Eastern Mediterranean “makes it imperative for us to be able to coordinate our positions and to contribute positively to meet the challenges that face us and to establish greater security and stability in our region, so that to provide us the necessary ability to forge ahead of economic and political coordination”.