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Second Conference for Security and Stability (Rhodes, 22-23 May 2017)

Sunday, 21 May 2017

The Second Conference for Security and Stability is being held in Rhodes on 22 and 23 May, with the participation of Foreign Ministers and high-level officials from Albania, Algeria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Egypt, Italy, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates while representatives from the Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council will also be taking part.

This Conference is a follow-up to Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias' initiative, which was inaugurated last year in Rhodes (8-9 September 2016) with the aim of creating a forum for dialogue and cooperation that will deal with the current challenges of the wider region of the Eastern Mediterranean and create a positive agenda for cooperation among the participating states.

The theme of the Conference is "Live and Work Together in Peace and Stability" and the proceedings open on Monday morning with a consideration of common geopolitical challenges. Subsequently, there will be a discussion focused on education, culture and the environment. The agenda for the second day of the Conference (Tuesday, 23 May) includes issues bearing on security and stability, and the proceedings will culminate in a press conference at 12:45.