A meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Greece, France, Egypt and Cyprus is hosted at one o’clock in the afternoon in Athens, which takes place following the previous consultations and the regular coordination between the countries in the framework of the “3 +1” scheme. Two hours earlier, at 11:00, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will receive at the Foreign Ministry his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, who at 10:00 will meet with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the Maximos Palace.
More specifically, during the quadripartite meeting of Foreign Ministers Nikos Dendias, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Sameh Soukri and Nikos Christodoulidis, developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East, Libya, the Gulf, the Sahel and the Sahel are expected to be examined. Energy co-operation will also be discussed, as well as international challenges such as pandemics, climate change and migration.
After the end of the work of the quadripartite, statements to the press are scheduled to take place around 15:30.
The last meeting of this “3 + 1” group took place online in May 2020, with the participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Highlighting the importance of multilateral cooperation schemes from Nicosia last Tuesday, together with his Cypriot counterpart, Nikos Dendias said that the aim is to examine the challenges for regional peace, security and prosperity, based on common values. of International Law and the Law of the Sea. In particular, he said, “they aim to strengthen cooperation, interconnection in areas such as energy and transport, areas necessary for economic growth. And always with a fixed denominator and factor: respect for the principles of International Law “. In fact, addressing Turkey, Nikos Dendias said that these schemes are not intended to encircle it, they are not intended to exclude it, but are open to all, with one and inviolable condition: respect for international law.
In a similar spirit, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus Nikos Christodoulidis pointed out that, “on the basis of a positive approach and without zero-sum approaches, we work with other like-minded states in the wider region to prevail conditions of security, cooperation and stability.” He considers as very important and positive that this effort is collective and is recognized not only by states in the region but also by international actors who show a special interest in the data in the Eastern Mediterranean and the wider Middle East. In this context, he assured that “we are working, as the EU Member States in the region, to highlight the need for more active and more substantial involvement of the Union in the region.”
Meeting Dendia – Jean-Yves Le Drian
The quadripartite meeting will be preceded by the meeting of Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, which will take place at the Foreign Ministry at 11:00. The one-on-one meeting will be followed by extended talks between the two delegations, followed by joint statements to the press around 12:30. Talks between Dendia and Le Drian are expected to focus on the excellent bilateral relations as they were upgraded with the signing of the Greece-France Strategic Partnership Agreement, on the developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and Libya after the Paris Conference in the Cyprus region. , as well as to strengthen multidimensional cooperation in areas of common interest.