Cyprus problem and energy issues the focus of talks between Cypriot and French FMs

The Cyprus problem, TOTALs energy plans in the Republic of Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone, the deepening of the strategic cooperation between Cyprus and France, regional issues and Brexit will be on the agenda of talks which Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides will have on Monday in Paris with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian.

According to PIO press release, Kasoulides will also meet with French President Emmanuel Macrons diplomatic adviser and will have a meeting with the new Minister for Europe Nathalie Loiseau. TOTAL also has invited him to meet with high-ranking officials of the company. During the meeting the companys drilling programme in the Republics EEZ will be reviewed.

As regards the meeting between Kasoulides and Le Drian, the press release said that discussions will focus on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem as France is one of the five UN Security Council permanent members as well as on TOTALs energy plans in the Republics EEZ.

Moreover the two ministers will discuss progress in deepening strategic cooperation between the two countries and regional issues. They will also exchange views on Brexit.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency