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Cyprus, Greece, Jordan seek alliance with Iraq

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Foreign ministers of Greece, Cyprus and Jordan, have agreed, when conditions allow, to travel to Iraq to promote regional cooperation.

Cyprus Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides participated in a teleconference with his counterparts from Greece and Jordan Nikos Dendias and Ayman Safadi.

The ministers exchanged views on the progress made in tripartite cooperation between Cyprus, Greece and Jordan, on their cooperation with Iraq, the pandemic, developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and the situation in Libya and Syria.

They also agreed to hold, in the near future, a high-level meeting on external policy, defence and security issues, with the participation of the relevant ministers of the three countries.

Christodoulides, Safadi and Dendias agreed, as soon as conditions allow, to travel to Iraq to promote cooperation as part of the 3+1 framework.

Acknowledging the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic in their region, the ministers discussed prospects to strengthen cooperation in developing and exploiting tourism partnerships.

For this reason, they agreed to arrange a teleconference of the competent Ministers of Cyprus – Greece – Jordan on tourism issues.

The ministers reconfirmed their mutual dedication to secure conditions of peace, cooperation and security in the region, on the basis of respect for international law, to handle the common challenges more effectively for the benefit of their peoples and the wider region.

They examined the “continued illegal activity of Turkey” in the Republic of Cyprus EEZ, and “provocative actions” in air, sea and land borders with Greece.

The three ministers also discussed prospects to strengthen the EU-Jordan relations, by examining ways in which Cyprus and Greece can play a positive role in strengthening cooperation.