Athens, Sep 9 (IANS) Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday told leaders at the summit for Mediterranean European Union members here that ties between the region’s nations took precedence over the economic or refugee crises they faced.
In a regional meeting at Athens’ Zappeion Hall attended by six southern European representatives of the 28 EU member states, Tsipras emphasised the binding sense of cultural commonality, Efe news reported.
“The Mediterranean isn’t just a place of crisis,” Tsipras said, “it’s a space of cultural ties.”
The Greek PM said, however, that Schengen countries in the region take the brunt of the crises that currently afflict Europe.
Tsipras added that the aim of the summit was to prepare collective proposals for the upcoming EU summit in Bratislava, Slovakia, scheduled for September 16.
In attendance were the heads of government from Greece, France, Italy, Portugal, Malta, Cyprus and Spain.