The Foreign Ministers of Egypt, Cyprus, and Greece appealed for the constant respect of sovereign sights of Eastern Mediterranean states

On Friday, the Foreign Ministers of Egypt, Cyprus and Greece appealed for maintaining Syria’s sovereignty and independence, with the removal of all foreign forces and mercenaries from the country.

A statement after discussions in the Greek capital, Athens said: We underlined the need for effective implementation of the ceasefire agreement, respect of the UN arms embargo and full withdrawal of all foreign forces and mercenaries from the country.

Moreover, the ministers promised to keep dialogue and cooperation to more strengthen their political and economic engagement and discuss regional challenges. They also said that they decided that the result of such a plan of cooperation contribute to promote prosperity in the region, which has placed the basis of a positive agenda.

Besides, Egypt, Cyprus and Greece called for complete and constant respect for the sovereignty and the sovereign rights of states in their maritime zones in the Eastern Mediterranean in conformity with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The three top diplomats hailed the entry into application of the charter of the East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF) on March 1, 2021 that founds the EMGF as a regional organization based in Cairo, and open to all countries that have the same values, objectives and readiness to collaborate for the security of the full region and the prosperity of its peoples.

The three FMs also showed their pledge for increasing coordination in a manner that discovers common opportunities for cooperation, welcoming the preparations for establishing the Secretariat for the Trilateral Mechanisms based in Nicosia that would enter in application in early spring 2021.

About the Cyprus issue, the three FMs showed their support towards the efforts of the UN Secretary General intended to the continuation of a result-oriented negotiation operation under his auspices.

Concerning the Middle East Peace Process, the statement reported: We emphasize that the resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of the two-state solution is an indispensable requirement to comprehensive peace and stability in the region, as well as the importance of ensuring an independent and viable Palestinian state based on the June 4, 1967 lines, living side-by-side in peace and security with Israel.

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