“After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the strengthening of cooperation within the framework of the 3 + 1 group (Greece, Cyprus, Israel + USA) is absolutely necessary,” said Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in a statement after the teleconference he had with them. counterparts of Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulidis, Israel Jair Lapid and the United States Anthony Blinken.
Nikos Dendias also stressed the importance that Greece attaches to interconnection and energy security and in this context referred to the new floating liquefied natural gas conversion station in Alexandroupolis, the implementation of which was inaugurated by the Prime Minister a few days ago.
He also referred to the energy and electricity connection between Greece, Cyprus and Israel, through the EastMed pipeline, but also to the EuroAsia Interconnector electrical interconnection. “These two projects follow the same geographical route,” he said.
Furthermore, the Foreign Ministers examined the cooperation in the framework of the 3 + 1 scheme in the economy, new technologies, environmental protection and civil protection and agreed, as Nikos Dendias announced, for a new meeting, either in Washington or in Greece, or in Cyprus, with a physical presence, before the end of the year.
The purpose of this meeting, the Foreign Minister underlined, “will be the further deepening of the multilateral cooperation, but mainly what we must keep from today’s meeting, the spreading of the message that Greece, together with Cyprus, Israel and the “The United States is a pillar of peace, security and stability in our region.”
It is noted that the Foreign Minister did not fail to wish Anthony Blinken, who has been infected with a coronavirus.
Common commitment to promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the Eastern Mediterranean
Reaffirming their common commitment to promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Foreign Ministers of the Republic of Cyprus, the Hellenic Republic, the State of Israel and the United States held a teleconference today. of Foreign Ministers of the 3 + 1 format.
It is also underlined that at a critical time for Europe, the United States and the world, the ministers reaffirmed their commitment to the 3 + 1 scheme and decided to intensify their cooperation in the fields of energy, economy, climate preparedness and the fight against terrorism, contributing to resilience, energy security and interconnection in the region.
It is also noted that the 3 + 1 ministers support additional initiatives, such as the Ministerial Meeting in the Negev desert, which promote cooperation in the region.
At the same time, the ministers condemned the recent heinous terrorist attacks against Israelis, including the May 5 terrorist attack in the city of Greece.
Finally, the announcement states that the ministers have decided to draw up a roadmap with specific goals for next year and to prepare the ground for a next meeting before the end of 2022.