Cyprus Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides is traveling to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Saturday, following an invitation by his counterpart Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.
During his official visit, the Minister will have a tete-a-tete meeting on Sunday with Prince Al Saud followed by consultations between delegations of the two countries.
The agenda will cover the bilateral ties and ways to enhance them, EU-Saudi Arabia relations, the latest developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and Turkey’s illegal activities, the Cyprus problem, the situation in the Middle East and the Gulf as well as other regional and international issues of mutual interest.
The Minister will also hold contracts with other Saudi officials.
EastMed Gas Forum Developments
Meanwhile, the EastMed gas forum concluded earlier this week. Participating ministers hailed the event as a historic moment.
Egyptian Petroleum Minister Tarek El Molla has hailed the signing of the East Med Gas Forum (EMGF) foundation charter in Cairo by Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, and Palestine as a “historic moment” for the cooperation of the Mediterranean’s peoples.
On his part, Cyprus Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said that it constitutes an example of how various countries, even in difficult circumstances, can form alliances for the benefit of the peoples of the region.
They were speaking during a press conference, following the 3rd ministerial summit of the East Med Gas Forum and the signature of the Forum’s charter.
The signing of the charter, according to El Molla constitutes “a cornerstone in our region’s history which will lead us to cooperate for the benefit of our peoples.”
Lakkotrypis said that the East Med Gas Forum charter’s signature is an example as to how various countries, even in difficult circumstances, can form alliances for the benefit of the peoples in the region.
“The signing of the charter constitutes a cornerstone in our region’s history which will lead us to cooperate for the benefit of our peoples.”
He referred to the progress made on an intended pipeline which will connect Cyprus with Egypt, as one more example of how cooperation between countries can contribute to the benefit of the peoples in the region.
Greece’s Energy and Environment Minister Kostis Hadjidakis also spoke of a “historic moment for the entire Mediterranean region.”
He noted that all countries participating in the EMGF agreed that natural gas can be used as a tool for peace and not the creation of conflict. Hadjidakis further pointed out the importance of all decisions to be based on international law, which all countries in the region should accept.
El Molla also said that the EMGF establishment process has respected EU acquis and legislation. He further expressed his great satisfaction both about France`s application to take part in the forum and US strong support.
Through this large program, the countries will be able to ensure cheaper natural gas transport which will, in turn, mean that it will be cheaper for consumers.
Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz also said on his part that EMGF constitutes an example of cooperation for the benefit of the region.
The next ministerial summit will take place in the second half of 2020.
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