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Greece Hosts Foreign Ministers Of Cyprus And Israel

Greece hosts foreign ministers of Cyprus and Israel

Statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, N. Dendia, after the conclusion of his tripartite meeting in Athens with his counterparts from Cyprus and Israel, N. Christodoulidis and G. Ashkenazi – October 27, 2020 Ladies and gentlemen, It is with great pleasure that I welcome today the two distinguished colleagues and very good friends, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Israel, Mr. Gabi Ashkenazi and
the Minister of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Nikos Christodoulidis. Our countries are bound by close ties of friendship, common values. We also face common challenges. We are three modern democracies with a long history. We are geographically in a troubled region, but there are prospects for cooperation in many areas.We are bound by close friendships and common values. We also face common challenges. Our basic principle is respect for international law and the promotion of good neighborly relations. In this context, I welcome the normalization of Israel’s relations with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and most recently Sudan. Greece, for its part, with the support of all Greeks, has made its contribution to the stability of the region: with the agreements with Italy and Egypt, as well as with the agreement with Albania on the referral of our differences to The Hague. characterization of maritime zones. In this way, I think, we have shown to the world community how modern countries resolve their differences. By agreement, if possible, by referral to international courts if this has not been possible, but always within the framework of international law. We are very proud of that. We are very proud because within a few months we resolved disputes that remained unresolved for half a century and set a shining example, a model of how peace and stability in our region can be ensured. In this context, I would also like to emphasize my satisfaction, my special satisfaction, the special satisfaction of the Greek government for yesterday’s statements by the Russian Foreign Minister, who stressed the obvious. That Greece has every right to extend its territorial waters to 12 nautical miles, based on current international law. He thus demolished in the most solemn way an underground myth of many years. That Russia allegedly opposes the inalienable right of our country both in the Aegean and in the Eastern Mediterranean to expand its territorial waters. Ladies and gentlemen, the close ties between us, both bilaterally and multilaterally, are a guarantee of security for our region. An area plagued by crises and dangerous revisions. We have common values ​​and aspirations, we face common challenges and we create common understandings. We are ready to provide common answers to these challenges. And of course new opportunities open up before us. Today, the tripartite cooperation between Greece, Cyprus and Israel is a choice of broader horizons that extends to a variety of issues and is addressed as an example to a variety of countries. The results of our cooperation are measurable. It is a robust collaboration that goes far beyond the narrow confines of a purely energy program. Of course, our involvement with energy is a priority, but we look forward to further improving both our economic and wider political relations. Today with Gabi and Nikos we caught the thread again, exchanging views on how we can deepen and expand this beneficial relationship which, as Nikos, the most experienced of the three told us, takes place for the first time today in Athens in ministerial level. From Defense and Security to Technology, Research, Water Management, Desalination, Renewable Energy, Environmental Protection and Health – which is especially important in the difficult times of the covid we live in – Education and management of our common Cultural Heritage. And of course in the cooperation between our expatriates abroad. In the cooperation of the new generation of our people, the citizens of our countries. A new promising field of future cooperation is that of innovative Entrepreneurship. Israel with its striking example has a lot to teach us in this area. The establishment of a permanent secretariat in Nicosia will significantly improve the effectiveness of our cooperation. He will be a coordinator of our actions. Let me emphasize for the umpteenth time that the strategic relationship between Greece, Cyprus and Israel is promising, but not directed against anyone. On the contrary. It is an open invitation to everyone, with no exceptions. But under one basic condition. What is this basic condition? The common self-evident. Respect for international law, respect for good neighborly relations. It is a condition that stands on the edifice of international legitimacy. That is why it is strongly supported by both the European Union and the United States of America. Together with the United States of America, Greece, Cyprus and Israel, we work methodically to promote security and prosperity in our region under the 3 + 1 scheme. And of course we are completely open to the prospect of expanding the band with other countries in the region. Thus we create a new geography of understanding that transcends old stereotypes, that reshapes the map of our region. Let me conclude with a few words about recent developments in our region. Unfortunately, our meeting is taking place under the weight of new illegal actions on the part of neighboring Turkey. In just a few days, Turkey, again with its actions, is trying to boost any prospect of constructive dialogue, by illegally blocking areas within the Greek continental shelf for illegal seismic surveys, or by provoking the Turkish Vice President to illegally visit the occupied territories. clear breach of relevant UN Security Council resolutions. We have unequivocally condemned these actions. These developments were certainly at the heart of the contacts I had yesterday and today with my counterparts. A common denominator of these contacts was that ways should be sought to curb Turkey’s aggression and destabilizing role. But always within the framework of international legality. At the same time, we stressed that the antidote to the revisionist aspirations and the attempt to impose Turkey’s positions by force is the development of multilateral cooperation for the benefit of all the countries and peoples of the region. I would like to be absolutely clear here once again. Our region is not going to go back to the 19th century. We will not allow this to happen. It will move into the 21st century on the basis of the common understandings that we consistently and consistently create. In closing, I would like to warmly thank again my friends, Gabi Ashkenazi and Nikos Christodoulidis, for our extremely constructive meeting today. I would like to say that I look forward to the continuation of our regular contacts in the future, either under our tripartite composition or under an expanded composition. Thank you very much. Source: Government of Greece

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