The Minister of Foreign Affairs had a meeting with his Jordanian counterpart

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, had a meeting today, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lefkosia, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Mr Nasser Judeh, in the framework of Mr Judeh’s visit to Cyprus.

The two Ministers had a tA�te-A�-tA�te meeting, followed by official talks of the delegations of the two countries. The two Ministers also attended a commemorative event for the late Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to Jordan, Petros Eftychiou. Then, Ministers Kasoulides and Judeh made statements to the Press. During the meeting, Mr Kasoulides had the opportunity to brief his Jordanian counterpart on the developments in the negotiation process for finding a solution to the Cyprus problem. At the same time, the bilateral relations, the way ahead for a trilateral cooperation of Cyprus, Greece and Jordan, as well as other international and regional issues of common interest were examined. Later today, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the two countries will inaugurate the new Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Lefkosia.

On the sidelines of the visit of the Jordanian Minister, two bilateral Agreements were signed, as follows:

o Agreement between the Governments of Cyprus and Jordan on the Abolition of Visa Requirements for Holders of Diplomatic and Service Passports, and

o Programme for Cooperation in the fields of Education and Culture for the years 2017-2020.

Speaking to the Press after the signing of the Agreements, Minister Kasoulides, upon welcoming Mr Judeh, referred to the friendly relations between Cyprus and Jordan, to be reconfirmed with the official inauguration of the Jordanian Embassy in Lefkosia. “This is another concrete proof of the closeness of relations between Cyprus and Jordan”, Minister Kasoulides noted.

As regards today’s meeting, Minister Kasoulides said that a range of bilateral issues was discussed, following up the visit of His Majesty King Abdullah to Nicosia last September. Regional and international issues were also examined, “where our convergence of opinion proves the potential for enhanced cooperation between moderate and like-minded countries, like ours, in the region”.

“I also informed Minister Judeh that Cyprus will support the Tarabot Community Center, a project undertaken by the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization as it faces increasing refugee flows, with an added contribution of Euros 10.000. Cyprus will continue to assist Jordan, in order to address effectively these challenges and strengthen its resilience”, Minister Kasoulides added.

On the EU-Jordan relations, Cyprus Foreign Minister welcomed the EU-Jordan Partnership Priorities 2016-2018, to be signed in Cairo next week.

“The Hashemite Kingdom is also a pivotal peace partner in the efforts to resolve the Middle East Peace Process. It has never ceased to deploy efforts and play a prominent role in promoting peace and security in the area and beyond, under the wise guidance of His Majesty King Abdullah. We have exchanged views on recent developments on this issue and examined how conducive conditions could be created in order to restart the process”, Mr Kasoulides underlined.

Regarding the Cyprus problem, Minister Kasoulides had the opportunity to brief Minister Judeh on the recent development, while the way ahead was reviewed for the trilateral cooperation between Cyprus, Jordan and Greece in a more concrete way.

Source: Press and Information Office