Foreign Minister meets with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

Bilateral relations between Cyprus and the US, developments in the Eastern Mediterranean region and the Cyprus problem were among the issues which Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides discussed on Tuesday in Washington with the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale.

In statements to the media, Christodoulides described as important the role which the Republic of Cyprus plays in the Eastern Mediterranean and noted that it affects in a positive way its bilateral relations with the US.

“We discussed bilateral issues, as double taxation avoidance and the abolition of visas for Cypriots who visit the US. Moreover, we discussed the need to arrange a meeting between the President of the Republic of Cyprus and the US President Donald Trump,” he added.

Among the issues discussed were the lifting of the US arms embargo on Cyprus and the trilateral cooperation schemes which Cyprus and Greece have established with countries of the region. In this framework, Christodoulides elaborated on the idea of establishing a regional cooperation and security organization.

As regards the Energy issues, Christodouldies underlined the importance of the construction of the EastMed pipeline, and of averting any Turkish actions that can cause troubles to energy plans in the region.

With regard to the Cyprus problem, the Foreign Minister underlined the need for the resumption of the negotiations from the point they were left in Crans-Montana, as well as the need for the unobstructed renewal of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) mandate.

He also spoke about the need to implement what was agreed in the framework of the Statement of Intent which the two countries signed last November in Washington.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in the summer of 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency

Foreign Minister meets with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

Bilateral relations between Cyprus and the US, developments in the Eastern Mediterranean region and the Cyprus problem were among the issues which Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides discussed on Tuesday in Washington with the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale.

In statements to the media, Christodoulides described as important the role which the Republic of Cyprus plays in the Eastern Mediterranean and noted that it affects in a positive way its bilateral relations with the US.

“We discussed bilateral issues, as double taxation avoidance and the abolition of visas for Cypriots who visit the US. Moreover, we discussed the need to arrange a meeting between the President of the Republic of Cyprus and the US President Donald Trump,” he added.

Among the issues discussed were the lifting of the US arms embargo on Cyprus and the trilateral cooperation schemes which Cyprus and Greece have established with countries of the region. In this framework, Christodoulides elaborated on the idea of establishing a regional cooperation and security organization.

As regards the Energy issues, Christodouldies underlined the importance of the construction of the EastMed pipeline, and of averting any Turkish actions that can cause troubles to energy plans in the region.

With regard to the Cyprus problem, the Foreign Minister underlined the need for the resumption of the negotiations from the point they were left in Crans-Montana, as well as the need for the unobstructed renewal of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) mandate.

He also spoke about the need to implement what was agreed in the framework of the Statement of Intent which the two countries signed last November in Washington.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in the summer of 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency