Jordanian-Cypriot-Greek Summit Tackles Economic Cooperation
Jordan’s King Abdullah II met in Nicosia on Tuesday with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, focusing on tripartite relations and regional developments.
The officials underlined during the meeting the importance of promoting friendly relations between Jordan, Cyprus and Greece and establishing a fruitful partnership that would lead to broadening cooperation in many fields and contribute to peace, security and stability in the region and the world, the Jordanian official news agency reported.
The tripartite summit, which included a working lunch, touched on the Palestinian Cause and Jerusalem, as well as efforts to reach political solutions to regional crises. It also addressed regional and international efforts in the war on terror as part of a comprehensive strategy.
Cyprus and Jordan signed bilateral agreements on economic and technical cooperation and mutual university recognition of higher education, public health and medical sciences, as well as agriculture and rural development.
Earlier on Tuesday, King Abdullah and Anastasiades held a special meeting followed by extensive talks between the delegations of the two countries.
According to a press release issued by the Presidency of Cyprus, the foreign ministers of the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding on economic and technical cooperation.
Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi co-signed with Cyprus’ Minister of Education an agreement on mutual university recognition of higher education qualifications, and a protocol for cooperation in the field of public health and medical sciences with the Cypriot Health minister. Other agreements included a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment and the Jordanian Ministry of Agriculture in the fields of agriculture and rural development.
The first session of tripartite consultations touched on several topics, including cooperation between Jordan, Cyprus and Greece in the fields of enhancing trade and investment, as well as in the sectors of renewable energy, energy efficiency, tourism, agriculture, navigation and shipping, protection of monuments, commercial transport and health.
The second session focused on Jordan’s relations with the EU through the Union for the Mediterranean, as well as developments related to the peace process, the situation in Syria and Iraq, and the refugee and migration crises.
Speaking on the situation in the Middle East, the King of Jordan said that peace and stability could not be achieved without a lasting and just solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, “and Jerusalem is the key to the solution.”
He stressed that the issue of Jerusalem must be settled within the framework of a “comprehensive peace agreement based on a two-state solution that guarantees the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, living side by side with Israel.”
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