The leaders of Greece, Jordan and Cyprus relaunched contacts temporarily suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and comimitted to expanding their collaboration in more sectors including culture, as stated in a joint statement on Wednesday.
Following a trilateral summit held in Athens, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Cyprus Republic President Nicos Anastasiades recognized King of Jordan Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein’s call for ‘re-globalization’ “to bring together global skills, resources and initiatives under a revisited, inclusive, growth-oriented perspective, thus forging cohesive, sustainable ties and enhancing the positive linkages among countries, towards prosperity for all.”
The three leaders agreed to relaunch sectorial meetings halted by the pandemic, and to improve cooperation in key priority areas, including culture and education, trade, food security, tourism, energy, agriculture, water, environment, healthcare, investment and information and communication technology (ICT).
In the context of promoting peace and security in the greater Mediterranean region, they reiterated their support “for a comprehensive, just, and lasting settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the two-state solution,” with with East Jerusalem as its capital, expressed their support for a Cyprus solution based on UN Security Council resolutions and international law, and reiterated their support to the Government of Iraq and its endeavors to safeguard Iraq’s territorial integrity, security and stability.
On Libya, they expressed commitment to a political solution ending conflict, and support to the interim Libyan government preparing elections in December 2021, while they called for a political solution in Syria that brings stability and the “safe, voluntary, and dignified return of IDPs and refugees.”
With regard to EU-Jordan relations, they highly valued the role of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and reconfirmed the shared interest in the promotion of peace and stability throughout the Mediterranean region, not only via strategic cooperation in foreign and security policy, but also “by addressing cross-cutting issues from education to job creation, climate change, mobility, sustainable use of natural resources, and counter-terrorism.”
They also underlined their commitments to safeguarding and promoting the rich historical and cultural heritage of the region and the common heritage of mankind, and agreed to work together to raise awareness on the importance of preserving the region’s cultural heritage sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
The joint statement alsos aid that discussions in Athens “paved the way for enhanced cooperation and accelerated coordination of initiatives” ahead of the next summit, and “expressed their commitment to reactivate partnerships, mobilize resources and aggregate efforts towards sustainable, evolving shared benefits and added value for all three countries participating in this cooperation scheme.”