At a summit meeting in Nicosia on Wednesday, the heads of state and government of Egypt, Cyprus and the Greek prime minister met to discuss the dispute with Ankara over exploring the eastern Mediterranean. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi highlighted the work to strengthen the tripartite cooperation mechanism with Greece and Cyprus.
“We have decided to face the provocative actions and violations in the eastern Mediterranean,” he said.
He also implicitly accused Turkey of practicing violations and transferring mercenaries to conflict areas and blackmailing Europe on the immigrant issue, adding, “We signed the founding charter of the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum.”
Regarding the Syrian crisis, he said: “We reject any foreign presence on Syrian soil.”
For his part, the Cypriot President stressed that Turkey is increasing tensions, undermining regional stability, interfering in Syria and sending mercenaries to Libya and the Karabakh region.
“We have emphasized the need to take strong measures against all who support armed and terrorist groups in the region,” said Nikos Anastasiades, noting that the trilateral relations are not directed against one country, but towards peace and stability in the east Aiming at the Mediterranean.
The Cypriot president described Turkey’s exploration operations in Greek waters in the eastern Mediterranean as “illegal”.
Source: Al-Manar English Website