Cyprus, Greece, Jordan Look to Enhance Trade, Security Ties

Cypriot foreign minister Nicos Christodoulides, center, shakes hands with Foreign minister of Jordan Ayman Safadi, left, and the Greek Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Georgios Katrougalos after their meeting at the presidential palace in Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. The three ministers are meeting in the Cypriot capital to explore ways of strengthening ties on fields as varied as education and entrepreneurship. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA (AP) — Jordan’s foreign affairs minister says his country is seeking closer ties with Greece and Cyprus as part of a strategy to bolster regional peace and security and promote economic cooperation.

Ayman Safadi says Jordan’s King Abdullah is keen on expanding this partnership in “every possible direction.”

Safadi was speaking Wednesday after talks with his Cypriot counterpart and Greece’s deputy foreign minister to prepare for a meeting of the three countries’ leaders early next year.

This partnership follows similar three-way collaborations that Cyprus and Greece have recently built with Israel and Egypt.

Cyprus’ Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides said Cyprus and Greece will continue to advocate for tighter relations between the European Union and Jordan which he called a “vital EU partner.”

Cypriot foreign minister Nicos Christodoulides, center, Foreign minister of Jordan Ayman Safadi, left, and the Greek Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Georgios Katrougalos talk to the media during a press conference after their meeting at the presidential palace in Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. The three ministers are meeting in the Cypriot capital to explore ways of strengthening ties on fields as varied as education and entrepreneurship. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cypriot foreign minister Nicos Christodoulides, center, Foreign minister of Jordan Ayman Safadi, left, and the Greek Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Georgios Katrougalos talk to the media during a press conference after their meeting at the presidential palace in Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. The three ministers are meeting in the Cypriot capital to explore ways of strengthening ties on fields as varied as education and entrepreneurship. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Cypriot foreign minister Nicos Christodoulides, center, shakes hands with Foreign minister of Jordan Ayman Safadi, left, and the Greek Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Georgios Katrougalos after their meeting at the presidential palace in Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. The three ministers are meeting in the Cypriot capital to explore ways of strengthening ties on fields as varied as education and entrepreneurship. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Cypriot foreign minister Nicos Christodoulides, center, Foreign minister of Jordan Ayman Safadi, left, and the Greek Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Georgios Katrougalos talk to the media during a press conference after their meeting at the presidential palace in Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. The three ministers are meeting in the Cypriot capital to explore ways of strengthening ties on fields as varied as education and entrepreneurship. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades, right, talks with Foreign minister of Jordan Ayman Safadi, centre, and the Greek Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Georgios Katrougalos, left, during their meeting at the presidential palace in Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. The ministers are meeting in the Cypriot capital to explore ways of strengthening ties on fields as varied as education and entrepreneurship. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades, second right, and Cypriot foreign minister Nicos Christodoulides, right, talk with Foreign minister of Jordan Ayman Safadi, second left, and the Greek Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Georgios Katrougalos during their meeting at the presidential palace in Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. The ministers are meeting in the Cypriot capital to explore ways of strengthening ties on fields as varied as education and entrepreneurship. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)