EastMed | The USA “remains committed” to the 3 + 1 regional cooperation scheme
Defence Redefined
Published on 10/01/2022 at 14:30

The State Department clarified the non-paper, which allegedly expressed US concerns about the economic and environmental viability of the EastMed pipeline.

Answering a question from the Greek correspondents, a State Department spokesman clarified that the United States remains committed to the 3 + 1 regional cooperation scheme and that they consider Europe’s energy security a matter of national security. However, he noted that Washington is focusing on clean energy technologies that will prepare the Eastern Mediterranean region for the transition to a new energy era.

“At a time when Europe’s energy security is more than ever a matter of national security, we are committed to deepening our regional relations and promoting clean energy technologies,” he said. The US continues to actively support regional efforts to strengthen cooperation and stability, such as the 3 + 1 scheme in which the Republic of Cyprus, Greece, Israel, and the US participate. 

We remain committed to the natural energy interconnection of the Eastern Mediterranean with Europe. We are shifting our interest to electricity interconnections that can also support the (supply of) gas and renewable energy sources. We support projects such as the planned EuroAfrica interconnection from Egypt to Crete and the proposed EuroAsia interconnection that will connect the Israeli, Cypriot, and European electricity networks. 

“Such projects will not only connect vital energy markets but will also help prepare the region for the transition to clean energy.”


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