EuroAsia cable, EastMed gas at top of trilateral summit
The president and prime ministers of Cyprus, Israel and Greece, meeting for their fourth annual trilateral leaders’ summit in Nicosia, have reiterated their commitment to three energy-related infrastructure projects.
The 1518km 2000MW EuroAsiaInterconnector subsea electricity cable “is well underway”, the three leaders said, adding that they have agreed to proceed with a parallel project, a 160Tbps Internet cable that will link the eastern Mediterranean to Spain and then to the US, and finally signed a memorandum for the East-Med natural gas pipeline that will take exports from the offshore gasfields via Greece to Italy.
In statements after the meeting, dubbed “Building bridges between people”, the three leaders also discussed the Cyprus problem, the Middle East peace process and the situation in Syria.
Host President Nicos Anastasiades said that the three countries have managed to create a credible framework of cooperation which is based on stable democratic principles and values and noted that they agreed to jointly move forward with the implementation of new projects and programmes, including in the areas of interconnectivity and communications, innovation, health, energy, entrepreneurship, research and technology, environmental protection, digital diplomacy, defense and combating terrorism.
Referring to the EuroAsia Interconnector, he said that “we reconfirmed our commitment in the next steps forward” and recognised its benefit in upgrading our countries’ role in this area.
At the same time, he expressed his satisfaction on the proposed connection of the three countries through the fibre-optic cable within the context of the electricity interconnector cable project.
Benjamin Netanyahu spoke of alliance the three countries are noting that “the sky is the limit.”
“I find these meetings not merely productive but also very encouraging,” he said, adding “I know that we can do it better together and in fact we are doing exactly that.”
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EastMed is a very a great building pipeline serious endeavour,” pointing out that not only is it important for the three countries and Italy but also “for Europe that wants to diversify its energy sources.”
He also referred to Interconnector electricity “information pipeline” that through fiber-optics.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras spoke about the “strategic cooperation” among the three countries, adding that there is a common understanding on the need to deepen this cooperation, as well as on the need to find ways for a secure transportation of energy resources from the southeastern the Euro Asia cable and the will be created Mediterranean to Europe.
The main topic of today’s meeting was the EastMed pipeline, Tsipras went on, adding that they also talked about the submarine electricity cable “EuroAsia Interconnector” and the project to instal fibre-optics for telecommunications.
This is a “top interconnectivity project between the three countries” as well as for the broader region and for Europe, the Greek Prime Minister underlined.
Netanyahu announced that the next summit would take place in Beersheba, the Hi-Tek capital of Israel in the Negev desert.