Nicosia coordinates with partners ahead of trilateral summits

The next two trilateral summits, one between Cyprus, Greece and Israel and one between Cyprus, Greece, and Jordan are expected to take place within this Spring, with Nicosia coordinating with its partners to finalise specific dates.

Ongoing coordinating efforts for the 6th trilateral summit between Cyprus, Greece and Israel, are working in the direction for the summit to take place within March, probably in Israel, sources have told CNA.

The same sources have said that the US government will be represented again in the summit, this time at a higher level.

In the meantime, US Ambassador in Athens Geoffrey Pyatt, confirmed today from the Delphi Economic Forum, that discussions are ongoing on the possibility of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attending the summit.

Replying to journalists’ questions, Pyatt referred to the Eastmed pipeline as an important project supported by the United States, noting that it will be up to the market whether the pipeline will be constructed or not. He further expressed the view that the announcement yesterday by ExxonMobil of a discovery of 5 to 8 trillion cubic feet in Cyprus’ EEZ will likely affect the market positively.

In the previous trilateral summit, in December 2018, in Beer Sheva, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had expressed their readiness to go ahead with an interstate agreement on the EastMed natural gas pipeline, while the United States had expressed its support via its Ambassador in Israel David Friedman.

2nd trilateral summit with Jordan also expected to take place this Spring

The same sources have told CNA that consultations between the partner countries are also continuing for the 2nd trilateral summit between Cyprus, Greece and Jordan, which is expected to take place within this spring, in Jordan.

The 1st trilateral summit had taken place in Nicosia, in January 2018. Back then, President Anastasiades, Prime Minister Tsipras and King of Jordan Abdullah II had issued a Joint Declaration and had expressed their readiness to enhance cooperation between the three countries in many fields of common interest.

They had also signed three cooperation agreements in the areas of renewable energy sources, cultural heritage protection and the recognition of Jordan’s seafarer certificates for vessels sailing under the Cypriot and the Greek flags.

Source: Cyprus News Agency