Foreign Ministers of Cyprus, Greece and Israel to meet in NY in September

Foreign Ministers of Cyprus, Greece and Israel to meet in NY in September

Foreign Ministers of Cyprus, Greece and Israel will meet next September on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to be held in New York, to prepare the tripartite meeting between the heads of states of the three countries.

According to CNA sources, the issue of the trilateral cooperation among the three countries was discussed during today`s meeting the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades had with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who paid a visit to the island.

According to the same sources, the meeting between Anastasiades and Netanyahu was the most important and significant one held until today on bilateral level during which they discussed the issues of security, energy, trilateral cooperation, the EU-Israel relationship and the problems of the region.

Regarding the issue of security, Anastasiades and Netanyahu said that the two countries face common threats and challenges while they expressed their readiness to work together to better tackle them.

CNA was also told that Cyprus’ Minister of Defence Christoforos Fokaides will be visiting Israel between August 2-4 to discuss the issue of security.

He also said that the issue of energy and natural gas was also discussed at today`s meeting, adding that the Minister of Energy Yiorgos Lakkotrypis will travel to Israel in September.

On the issue of EU – Israel relations, the source said that Netanyahu thanked President Anastasiades for his initiative on the Middle East issue, noting that in this context Donald Tusk will visit Cyprus on September 8 and the next day he will visit Israel while on September 10 he will visit Palestine. He might also visit two other countries in the region, the source added.

According to the same source, Netanyahu thanked Cyprus noting that “at last there is a country within the EU that knows the situation in the region and can present things as they are.”

He also said that during the meeting it was also discussed the issue of trilateral cooperation between Greece, Cyprus and Israel which is set to move forward.

CNA was also informed that the meeting of the heads of Cyprus, Greece and Israel will be held after the preparatory meeting of the foreign ministers of the three countries in New York next September on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

The source did not rule out the possibility the meeting of the three heads of state to be held in Cyprus.

The source also said that President Anastasiades briefed Netanyahu on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem while they also discussed the developments in connection with Syria and Iran.

Netanyahu told Anastasiades that Cyprus and Israel are the two most democratic countries in the region “and we have a responsibility and must work together to transform the area into a region of stability in cooperation with all countries in the region.”

He also said that this is the first visit of Netanyahu abroad since his re-election reiterating that this is an important and significant visit.

Cyprus has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. Peace talks under the aegis of the UN are currently underway with the aim to reunite the island under a federal roof.