Ahead of sum­mit in Egypt, PM vis­its Cyprus

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Greek Prime Min­is­ter An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras and Cyprus Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades are due to con­tinue talks in Nicosia to­day after the New Democ­racy leader ar­rived on the East­ern Mediter­ranean is­land yes­ter­day to back Cyprus’s right to ex­plore for hy­dro­car­bons in its ex­clu­sive eco­nomic zone (EEZ).

After a work­ing din­ner with Anas­tasi­ades yes­ter­day, Sa­ma­ras crit­i­cized Turkey’s decision to send the Bar­baros seis­mic re­search ves­sel into Cyprus’s EEZ. “Un­for­tu­nately, Turkey has once again cho­sen to follow a pol­icy that has no relation to in­ter­na­tional law,” said the Greek premier.

“Greece is ob­serv­ing the sit­u­a­tion with pru­dence and a clear head and fully sup­ports Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades’s decision to sus­pend his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the [re­uni­fi­ca­tion] talks un­til other con­di­tions pre­vail,” added Sa­ma­ras, who ex­pressed hope that Ankara would help cre­ate such con­di­tions.

Sa­ma­ras is due to hold a new round of talks with Anas­tasi­ades to­day. He will also meet with other party lead­ers. The Greek premier is then due to fly to Cairo, where he, Anas­tasi­ades and Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fattah el-Sisi will hold a sum­mit to­mor­row. En­ergy co­op­er­a­tion in the East­ern Mediter­ranean is ex­pected to be one of the main items on the agenda, with Greece hop­ing to out­line its own EEZ in the fu­ture.

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