Amman.- By Maria Koniotou/CNA
Bilateral and trilateral agreements were signed during the second Trilateral Summit among Cyprus, Greece and Jordan, that took place on Sunday in Amman, with the participation of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the King of Jordan Abdullah II.
Cyprus and Jordan signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the area of Research, innovation and Technology and an Agreement on Cooperation in Fighting Terrorism, Organized Crime, Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and their Precursors, Illegal Migration and Other Criminal Offences.
Moreover, Cyprus, Greece and Jordan signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the Field of Education for 2019-2022 and a Memorandum of Understanding was signed among Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (Invest Cyprus), Enterprise Greece (SA) and Jordan Investment Commission (JIC).
After the conclusion of the Summit, King of Jordan Abdullah II hosted a working lunch for the leaders and their delegations.
Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou, Deputy Minister of Tourism Savvas Perdios and Deputy Minister to the President Vasilis Palmas were among the members of the Cypriot delegation.
The cooperation among Cyprus, Greece and Jordan has reached a stage of maturity where consideration should be given in dynamically moving forward their partnership, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said on Sunday in his opening remarks at the second Trilateral Summit among the three countries, that took place in the Royal Palace, in Amman.
Anastasiades said that in this regard the decision to establish a Permanent Secretariat in Cyprus that will deal with the trilateral cooperation schemes “will serve the further development of our trilateral mechanism with the aim of ensuring that both its potential and momentum are fully exploited and utilised.”
On his part, the King of Jordan Abdullah II referred to the common challenges which the three countries are facing, noting their common will to promote their cooperation in various fields, as in security, Energy, and agriculture.
In his remarks, the Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, noted that the three countries have common challenges to face and share the same positions of principle, aiming at achieving peace and stability in the region.
In his remarks, Anastasiades said that “today’s meeting clearly reflects the importance we attach to further expanding and deepening our synergies to the benefit of our countries, our peoples and the region as a whole.”
In this regard, the signing of the Memoranda of Understanding in the field of Education and between our respective Investment Promotion Agencies, as well as the first Trilateral Business Forum taking place today, constitute important developments in fully exploring the important opportunities between our countries, particularly in the fields of trade, investment, trade and tourism, he noted.
Anastasiades said that they would also discuss pressing regional issues, and that he had no doubt that they would once again reiterate our joint commitment to work together in order to achieve our common goal of promoting peace, stability, security, growth and prosperity for our societies and the region as a whole.
This approach is based on our common belief of the need to achieve political solutions in accordance with international law and in full respect of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of states, as well as of good neighbourly relations, he added.
Moreover, he noted that the three countries also share the same position that addressing the effect of the refugee crisis and migration flows requires solidarity and responsibility sharing.
Anastasiades assured the King that “we will continue working with our EU partners so that Jordan is supported both politically and economically in addressing the consequences of the refugee crisis and the heavy burden this places on its economy, structures and society.”
In parallel, he added, “we will continue to actively advocate for the strengthening of EU – Jordan relations, including engaging more on regional and foreign policy issues.”
He said he would inform his counterparts on the latest developments as regards the efforts to resume the negotiating process on the Cyprus problem, with the aim to reach a settlement that will establish a functional, viable, truly sovereign and independent state; free from military troops or guarantees by any third country.
Anastasiades expressed to the King his deep appreciation for Jordan’s principled stance on the Cyprus problem, in line with international law, the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the principles upon which the EU is founded.
Moreover, addressing Prime Minister Tsipras he said that Greece and the Greek people “have always stood shoulder to shoulder with us. On behalf of all Cypriots, I reiterate our deep appreciation and gratitude,” he stressed.
In his opening remarks, King Abdullah welcomed Anastasiades, Tsipras and their delegations, noting, among others, that he is very pleased that his country participates in this trilateral mechanism, and that the three countries have deep ties.
The King thanked both Cyprus and Greece for the help they offer, in their capacity as EU member states as well, with a view to address the challenges which the countries of the region are facing.
He also noted that the relationship among the three countries is further reinforced through their common will and efforts to achieve peace, stability and security in the region.
On his part, Prime Minister Tsipras said , among others, that both Greece and Cyprus, as the EU member states which are close to the turbulent region of the Middle and the Near East, are facing the repercussions of the refugee problem and the migration flows.
Moreover he praised the personal contribution and the role of King Abdullah II in addressing the various regional issues and noted that the aim is also to further enhance the relations between EU and Jordan.
Prior to the Trilateral Summit the President of Cyprus had a private meeting with King Abdullah whom he informed about the latest developments in the Cyprus issue and the effort made by the UNSG’s special envoy Jane Holl Lute with a view to formulate the terms of reference that would pave the way for the resumption of Cyprus talks .