The Foreign Ministers of Egypt, France, Cyprus and Greece held a meeting in Cairo on Wednesday to discuss the <a href="https:\/\/see.news\/intervention\/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">status quo in Libya<\/a> and the recent developments in the Eastern Mediterranean region in light of increased tensions that threaten peace and stability in this region.\r\n\r\nThe meeting, which was also attended by the Italian Foreign Minister as an observer, comes in light of continued consultations and coordination to discuss the current crisis of Turkey and Libya.\r\n\r\nDuring the meeting, the four ministers stressed the strategic nature of their respective states\u2019 relationship due to geographic, historic and cultural bonds, in full accordance with and respect of international law and the United Nations Charter.\r\n\r\nThe ministers reiterated their determination to undertake additional joint efforts in order to face increasing challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean region, at the foremost of which are armed conflict, terrorism and irregular migration.\r\n\r\nThey also judged the <a href="https:\/\/www.en24.news\/2020\/01\/egypt-france-greece-and-cyprus-judge-the-turkish-libyan-agreements-are-null-and-void.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">memorandums of understanding<\/a> in signed in November between Turkey and Fayez Sarraj, head of the Presidency Council of Libya as 'null and void', adding that it is against the United Nations Security Council resolutions and international law.\r\n\r\nThe top diplomats underlined that these memorandums have further undermined regional stability.\r\n\r\nIn addition, the Turkey-Libya Memorandum of Understanding, purporting to delimit maritime jurisdictions in the Mediterranean Sea, infringes upon the sovereign rights of third states, does not comply with the Law of the Sea and cannot produce any legal consequences.\r\n\r\nDuring the meeting, they also reiterated the necessity of full respect of the sovereignty and the sovereign rights of all states in their maritime zones in the Mediterranean.\r\n\r\nIn this regard, the ministers strongly condemned continued Turkish actions in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus and its territorial waters. They called upon Turkey to immediately cease all illegal exploration activities.\r\n\r\nThe ministers deemed the security memorandum and any decision to send troops to Libya to be a serious violation of the United Nations Security Council resolution 2259 and other relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions, and a threat to regional security and stability, and called for an immediate de-escalation.\r\n\r\nIn the same vein, the four ministers have underlined their deep concern regarding Turkey\u2019s recent violations of international law in the Eastern Mediterranean. They expect Turkey to act responsibly and emphasize the necessity for the countries of the Mediterranean basin to cooperate in good will and constructively to guarantee the security and stability of the Mediterranean on the basis of international law.\r\n\r\nThe ministers affirmed that a comprehensive political solution is the only way to resolve the Libyan crisis and regain stability in Libya. They stressed their total commitment to work towards a political solution to the crisis in Libya. They also expressed their keenness to avoid escalation there.\r\n\r\nIn that context, the ministers of the four states expressed their support for SRSG Ghassan Salame\u2019s efforts to UN initiatives and to the Berlin Process.\r\n\r\nThey stressed their respective states\u2019 determination to reinforce mutual cooperation aimed at increasing their peoples\u2019 welfare. They also stressed their intent to continue mutual coordination of their positions and measures aimed to achieve the security and stability of their states and of the Eastern Mediterranean, including fighting terrorism.\r\n\r\nIn conclusion, the ministers affirmed that priority should be given to regional cooperation and to the comprehensive economic development that all states of the region aspire to, in full conformity with international law. They also affirmed that achieving development will contribute to regional stability and prosperity, and that this objective is currently being hindered by the ongoing crises that should be earnestly resolved as soon as possible.\r\n\r\nThe ministers agreed to continue their consultations and to convene their next meeting in Crete, Greece, at a date to be agreed.