Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources (ENR) Francis R. Fannon will travel to Nicosia, Ankara, and Cairo from February 4-12. Building on his previous trip to the region, Assistant Secretary Fannon will meet with government officials and private sector representatives to discuss energy security and regional energy cooperation.
With this trip, the United States seeks to leverage new energy collaboration to catalyze regional cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean. In Nicosia, Assistant Secretary Fannon, along with Israeli, Greek, and Cypriot partners, will continue efforts on the 3+1 mechanism to promote stability and prosperity in the region. This is the first Energy Technical Working Group to come out of the 3+1 and will focus on emergency preparedness and response. In Ankara, Assistant Secretary Fannon will aim to enhance energy cooperation with Turkey, a valued U.S. ally. Wrapping up the trip in Cairo, Assistant Secretary Fannon will participate in the Egypt Petroleum Show opening panel alongside Egyptian Minister of Energy Tarek El Molla. Egypt is a cornerstone energy partner for the United States in the region.
This return visit to the Eastern Mediterranean represents long-term commitment to the region to expand economic opportunities in the energy sector, including natural gas development and related exports. The overall goal of the multi-country trip is to advance energy diversification for shared prosperity and security throughout the broader region.
For further information, contact Donald Kilburg, spokesperson for the Bureau of Energy Resources, at KilburgDF@america.gov or visit www.state.gov/e/enr. Additional information is available on Twitter at @EnergyAtState.