Cyprus and China hold political consultations in Nicosia

Permanent Secretary of the Foreign Ministry of Cyprus, Ambassador Minas Hadjimichael, met on Friday in Nicosia with Wang Chao, China’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs for political consultations.

According to a press release by the Foreign Ministry, the two officials said their aim was to strengthen and deepen bilateral relations in all areas. They discussed issues of common interest, which both sides said they wanted to advance.

The meeting was concluded late in the afternoon, with both sides stressing the excellent cooperation between their countries on a multilateral level.

They discussed regional and international issues, such as EU-China relations, the Middle East, the latest developments in the Korean peninsula and consultations regarding the South China Sea.

Ambassador Hadjimichael briefed his interlocutor on government efforts to restart talks for a Cyprus settlement and thanked China for its longstanding support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus.

Furthermore, he referred to the importance Nicosia ascribes to the role of China, as a UN Security Council permanent member, and in continuing this support to preserve the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force on the island for as long as the Turkish occupation continues.

Earlier, Wang Chao paid a courtesy visit to Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency