Cyprus government points to intense diplomatic activity ahead of Charles Michel’s visit on Wednesday

Deputy Government Spokesperson Panayiotis Sentonas said that this is a time of intense diplomatic activity and pointed to Wednesday’s visit of the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, to Cyprus, ahead of a crucial Special European Council, on September 24, which will discuss developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and EU-Turkey relations.


Speaking at the Presidential Palace after a Cabinet meeting, Sentonas said that Michel’s visit comes on top of several important meetings of government officials, including the US Secretary of State, the Foreign Minister of Russia, the President’s exchanges with Michel and the German Chancellor as well as others. He also reminded that President Anastasiades sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General and spoke on the phone with him, and also received a reply to his letter.


This is a time of intense diplomatic activity framed by the challenges we have in front of us and the proper preparation the special Summit on the 24 of September requires, the Deputy Government Spokesman said.


He added that the President will inform party leaders about developments on Tuesday afternoon and will hear their views.


Asked if party leaders will be briefed also on the issue of Belarus, Sentonas said that Nicosia’s position on this matter is in line with the political agreement reached at the informal meeting of Foreign Ministers, in August.


According to Sentonas, the President will inform leaders both about his meetings and those of Ministers and will also make reference to the meetings that follow with Michel, the Austrian Foreign Minister and the French Minister of State for European Affairs.


The Council of party leaders, under the President of Cyprus, will also take stock of the Cypriot economy and the consequences of the pandemic, the Deputy Government Spokesperson added. According to Sentonas, the President will inform party leaders about the measures taken by the government in formulating Cyprus’ recovery and resilience plan, which is still ongoing and will be later submitted to the EU.


Party positions in drafting this plan are important for the government and the President looks forward to hearing their views, he concluded.


EU leaders discussed during a video conference on August 19, 2020, the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and relations with Turkey, with Charles Michele stating that the bloc is increasingly concerned about growing tensions and stresses the urgent need to de-escalate.


EU leaders also expressed full solidarity with Greece and Cyprus and reaffirmed their previous conclusions on the illegal drilling activities of Turkey. They agreed to discuss these issues during a meeting on September 24-25, stressing that “all options will be on the table.”


Source: Cyprus News Agency


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