DIPLOMACY: Cyprus, Greece and Egypt to push regional energy agenda

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Leaders of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt meet in Crete on Wednesday to discuss energy security and sign agreements during a Trilateral Summit.

Regional developments, the Cyprus issue, energy and telecommunications, as well as matters concerning the diaspora will be discussed during the sixth such summit of involving Cyprus, Greece and Egypt.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, President of Egypt Abdel Fatah al Sisi and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will attend.

The Summit starts with a bilateral meeting between Anastasiades and Tsipras. The President of Cyprus will then meet separately with his Egyptian counterpart. Tsipras and Sisi will also have the chance to meet separately.

The three leaders will later have a tête-à-tête before embarking on extended consultations with the delegations of the three countries.

On the margins of the Summit a series of ministerial meetings is also expected to take place.

The three countries will also sign a series of agreements and memoranda.

 Government Spokesman, Prodromos Prodromou, said the memoranda and agreements will cover illegal excavation and import-export or transfer of cultural artefacts, cooperation on training customs personnel, on cooperation among the ports of Piraeus, Limassol and Port Said.

There also be a memorandum between competent authorities with a view to promote investments and a memorandum between small and medium sized enterprises and start-ups.

Prodromou said that energy security in the Eastern Mediterranean, combating terrorism, the Cyprus problem, migration, the Middle East peace process, EU-Egypt relations, as well as issues regarding Turkey, Syria and Libya are on the agenda of the Summit.

He added that the Trilateral Summit will review the projects which are underway and trilateral fields of cooperation related to the economy, technology, the fields of information and communication, cultural heritage and education.

Moreover, the issue of the establishment of a Secretariat to support the mechanism for the coordination and implementation of the trilateral cooperation projects will also be addressed.

Anastasiades is accompanied in Crete by Ministers of Foreign Affairs Nikos Chistodoulides and Energy Minister George Lakkotrypis.