Greece Is Expanding Partnerships and Alliances in E. Mediterranean, Balkans, Says FM

Greece Is Expanding Partnerships and Alliances in E. Mediterranean, Balkans, Says FM

The first trilateral meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Greece, Cyprus and Jordan took place in Brussels on Monday, on the margins of the meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council, Foreign minister Nikos Kotzias said, which followed a trilateral meeting on Sunday with Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria to discuss European issues.
“We expand our partnerships and alliances in the Eastern Mediterranean and form within the EU a special Balkan cooperation. I think these are two important steps,” he told journalists.
He also revealed that there is a request from the Palestinian Authority to form a similar tripartite meeting and the Greek side has already agreed, and there is a request from Lebanon which has not been organized yet.
The ministers of Greece, Cyprus and Jordan discussed a wide range of issues of international and regional interest, with emphasis on the refugee crisis, the escalation in terrorism, the peace process and the situation in the wider Middle East, as well as developments in the energy sector.
They also looked at the prospects for trilateral cooperation in many sectors, including economic and trade cooperation; combating terrorism; security and exchange of information; culture, education and technology; and ways to support Jordan in its relations with the EU. Finally, they discussed the potential for holding a trilateral meeting of the three countries’ leaders in the coming time.


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