Joint meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Energy of Cyprus and Greece, in Athens
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, and the Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Mr Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, had today, in Athens, a joint meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Evangelos Venizelos, and the Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change of the Hellenic Republic, Mr Yiannis Maniatis.
Following the meeting of the delegations of the two countries, the four Ministers made statements to the Press.
Upon welcoming Mr Kasoulides and Mr Lakkotrypis, Mr Venizelos said that today’s joint meeting is a follow-up of the political decision taken by Mr Kasoulides and himself, during their latest meeting. The two Ministers of Foreign Affairs had decided to encourage the development of a comprehensive cooperation of the two countries on the issues of energy and maritime policy. Mr Venizelos noted that, at the meeting held in Athens today, the four Ministers had the opportunity to exchange information, evaluated the latest data, and draw a strategy that concerns both the foreign and security policies of the two counties with regard to the energy and natural resources exploitation and the perspectives of development, employment and prosperity in the two countries, as well as the region of the Eastern Mediterranean. He added that both Greece and Cyprus promote bilateral and multilateral cooperation with third countries of the region that embrace this peaceful developmental character and politically aim to the stability and peace in a region, which is very close to many crises. The meeting in Athens, Mr Venizelos said, is a follow-up of the trilateral High Level Meeting of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt in Cairo, and the Declaration of Cairo. -17.12.2014