Energy and maritime security in eastern Mediterranean to dominate Cyprus-Israel-Greece summit in Pompeo’s presence

Energy and maritime security in eastern Mediterranean are expected to dominate discussions at the Cyprus-Israel-Greece trilateral Summit on Wednesday in Jerusalem, with the participation of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Government sources said that Pompeo is expected to hold bilateral contacts with the three leaders. This will be followed by a meeting of all four together which will later include delegations.

It has not yet been confirmed if statements will be made to the Press or a joint communique is to be issued.

The 5th Trilateral Cyprus-Greece-Israel Summit, with the participation of the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, the Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras and the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, was held in Beer Sheva in December and was concluded with the signing of Memoranda of Understanding on cyber security, smart cities and smart homes.

The Leaders of Cyprus, Greece and Israel had pledged readiness to proceed with an interstate agreement concerning the EastMed pipeline while the United States of America had also expressed support to the project, through its Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman.

As it was reported on Sunday by CNA, the signing of the EastMed pipeline, was unlikely to go ahead as any developments are expected after the European elections. Rome’ presence, who is a partner of the gas pipeline project that aims to link Israel, Cyprus, Greece and Italy, is required for the signing.

Source: Cyprus News Agency