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Italy to join trilateral Cyprus-Greece-Egypt energy cooperation

The trilateral cooperation between Cyprus, Greece and Egypt will expand with the participation of Italy, following an initiative of President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides has said.

In statements on Wednesday at the Presidential Palace, the Spokesman, said that two months ago, the Cypriot President proposed the expansion of the trilateral cooperation to include Italy, a proposal which was accepted by the parties.

The Italian Prime Minister, he added, will take part in the next Summit that will take place on the island of Crete in  the first half of 2018.

Christodoulides pointed out that it is a good idea to include EU countries as well as other states of the region, especially for issues concerning energy but also other issues of mutual interest.

Asked about the trilateral summit between Cyprus, Greece and Jordan, he said that it will take place in the beginning of next year, with the participation of the Prime Minister of Greece and the King of Jordan.

Replying to a question whether Italy can participate in the meetings of Cyprus, Greece and Israel, he said that indeed the infrastructure is there, noting that on the 5th of December the second ministerial meeting will take place in the participation of the Energy Ministers of the four countries. He also said that the EU Commissioner responsible for Energy issues will also participate.

“We want the EU to be actively involved in those consultations,” he said.

Christodoulides did not rule out the possibility that such a meeting could take place on the level of heads of state and government.

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