The successful continuation of the Trilateral cooperation between Greece, Cyprus and Egypt, and the extension of cooperation between the three countries to more and more areas are the foundations for security, stability and development in the region. This was the outcome of the 4th Trilateral Summit in Cairo on Tuesday, October 11th.
However the Summit also served as an international forum for leaders to send their own messages.
Greek Prime – Minister Alexis Tsipras sent a clear message to Turkey, without naming it, noting that there should be respect for international law and good neighbourliness to ensure stability and security in the “hot” Mediterranean region. On his part, the Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades stressed the necessity of solving the Cyprus issue, while the Egyptian President called for the international community’s support for stability in the country.
The host President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was happy to welcome Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece, at the Presidential palace in Heliopolis for the 4th Summit between the three countries. On the sidelines of bilateral and trilateral contacts, the three leaders proceeded in a symbolic gesture by planting three olive trees in the courtyard of the Presidential Palace, symbolising their common commitment and their common objectives, to be joined in the longterm by other companions.
In a joint press conference at the end of the Summit, Alexis Tsipras, Nicos Anastasiades and Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, highlighted, the importance of cooperation between the three countries.
At the press conference the president of Egypt welcomed Alexis Tsipras and Nicos Anastasiades in Cairo and underlined that “The first conference in Cairo in 2014, confirmed the need to continue this cooperation in order to implement stability and peace. The past requires us to continue with this cooperation and to include more countries” he said, adding that, “the need for cooperation in strategic areas is clear”.
On his part, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades spoke about the success of the Summit in regards to the targets, such as the deepening and consolidation of the functioning of the three countries mechanism without it working against any third state which would want to assist in these issues. “Egypt, Greece and Cyprus have to face common challenges and common problems,” said Mr. Anastasiades.
“For Greece this trilateral cooperation is a strategic choice to promote peace, security and stability,” stated Tsipras at the Trilateral Meeting.
“That’s why [we] the countries in the region, that have the region’s stability and the prosperity of our people as a common goal, must work together,” said the Greek Prime Minister, adding that “we decided to hold regular meetings between our ministers”.
“In the context of the increasing multilevel crisis in our region we emphasised the principle of good neighbourly relations based on cooperation” Tsipras underlined and stated that “Respect for international law is an implicit condition for unity in our region”.
“A just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem is also necessary. A solution for the benefit of all the people of Cyprus. We support this important effort that is underway”, Alexis Tsipras stated concerning the ongoing discussions on the Cyprus problem. “We stressed the need for a ceasefire in Syria. We reiterated the importance of solving the Palestinian problem”, the Greek Prime – Minister said.
Finally he stressed that the three leaders of Greece, Egypt and Cyprus made a symbolic gesture before the start of the Trilateral Meeting: “We made a symbolic move. We planted three trees. These trees symbolize our shared commitment and our common goals. “/ IBNA
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