Foreign Ministry Permanent Secretary pays Palestine working visit

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Tasos Tzionis paid Palestine a working visit this week, during which arrangements were initiated for a intergovernmental meeting between Cyprus and Palestine as well as a Trilateral Summit between Cyprus, Greece and Palestine.

Tzionis visited Ramallah on June 18 and 19 and was received by Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki and Diplomatic Councilor of President Abbas Majdi Khaldi, a Foreign Ministry press release says.

He also had bilateral pollical consultations with Assistant Foreign Affairs Minister Amal Jadou.

During his meetings, the press release says, the excellent level of bilateral relations was reconfirmed, while at the same time, relevant preparations for an Intergovernmental meeting between Cyprus and Palestine and a Trilateral Summit between Cyprus, Greece and Palestine were initiated, following a trilateral ministerial meeting which had taken place last December, in Athens.

It is further added that Tzionis and Palestinian officials discussed, among other things, bilateral political and economic relations, the Middle Eastern problem, the Cyprus problem and developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, placing an emphasis on Turkey’s illegal actions in Cyprus’ EEZ.

In the context of his visit, he also had meetings with the head of the Palestinian Investment Bank’s Board of Directors as well as with personalities from the academic and business sectors, the press release concludes.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Last month Turkey issued a navigational telex, announcing its intention to start drilling off Cyprus until September 3.

Since May 4, the Turkish drill ship Fatih, accompanied by three service ships, is located almost 40 nautical miles west of the Akamas peninsula and 83 nautical miles from the Turkish coast. The area falls within the EEZ and continental shelf of the Republic of Cyprus.

Source: Cyprus News Agency