NEW YORK – Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis has stressed that the whole project for the drilling and exploitation of hydrocarbons discovered in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) cannot become Turkey`s hostage.
Lakkotrypis wrapped up on Friday his visit to the US, during which he had meetings with US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and State Department officials, while he delivered speeches at think tanks and had meetings with members of the Congress, the Jewish lobby and members of the Greek-American community.
In statements to the press, Lakkotrypis expressed satisfaction with the results of his contacts both in Washington and New York. “We basically explained what we are doing in the Eastern Mediterranean, what Cyprus is doing with regards to exploration, exploitation of hydrocarbons. I have to say that we had some excellent meetings including what I consider the highlight of meeting with the Department of Energy and the Secretary of Energy himself, Mr. Moniz,” he said.
Speaking, at an event organized at Marsh USA Inc. premises in Manhattan, Lakkotrypis stressed that Cyprus’ vision is to become an energy centre in the Eastern Mediterranean and contribute to the geopolitical stability and economic development of the region.