Re­gional co­op­er­a­tion.

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The sixth sum­mit that gath­ered the lead­ers of Egypt, Greece and Cyprus on the Greek is­land of Crete on Wed­nes­day showed that their tri­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion is likely to be­come a nu­cleus for broader re­gional co­op­er­a­tion, Egyp­tian po­lit­i­cal ex­perts said yes­ter­day. The three lead­ers agreed to es­tab­lish a Cyprus-based ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tar­iat for their co­op­er­a­tion mech­a­nism to fol­low up the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the sum­mit res­o­lu­tions as well as a Cairo-based fo­rum on East Mediter­ranean gas. “There is a ten­dency shared by Egypt, Greece and Cyprus to cre­ate a per­ma­nent, open re­gional en­tity that is not re­stricted to the three states,” said Saeed alLawindi, a re­searcher at Cairobased state-run Al-Ahram Cen­ter for Po­lit­i­cal and Strate­gic Stud­ies (ACPSS). “The sum­mit is a nu­cleus for a re­gional al­liance with gen­eral shared in­ter­ests and par­tic­u­lar co­op­er­a­tion in sev­eral fields in­clud­ing oil and en­ergy, which rose in the East Mediter­ranean re­gion af­ter the mar­itime de­mar­ca­tion agree­ments be­tween the three states,” Lawindi told Xin­hua.

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