The Minister of Foreign Affairs had a meeting with the British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, met today 30 November 2016, in Lefkosia, with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom, Mr Boris Johnson. In the framework of his visit to Cyprus, Mr Johnson was also received by the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades.

The two Ministers had a tA�te-A�-tA�te meeting, followed by official talks of the delegations of Cyprus and the United Kingdom and statements to the Press. Issues on the agenda included, inter alia, the recent developments on the Cyprus problem and the UK’s role in facilitating the negotiating process, Brexit, and bilateral relations.

Speaking to the Press and upon welcoming Secretary Johnson on his first visit to Cyprus, Minister Kasoulides said that “earlier this morning, Mr Johnson had a meeting with President Anastasiades, where he was informed on the outcome of the recent talks in Switzerland and the challenges that still lie ahead of us”.

Cyprus Foreign Minister also noted that during his meeting with his counterpart discussions were continued “on the way forward for the effort to resolve the Cyprus problem and on the offer of the UK to assist, for which we are thankful”.

Moreover, the status of the bilateral relations and the strategic partnership was reviewed. Minister Kasoulides highlighted that the relations of the two countries have been growing stronger and deeper in the last couple of years, adding that “Cyprus and the UK are already cooperating in crisis management, humanitarian operations, as well as in finding ways to deal with growing asymmetric threats. Our bilateral cooperation is dynamic and constantly growing and I am pleased to observe that there is coordination on several fronts”.

The two Ministers also discussed Brexit and the issues pertaining the ongoing consultations with the UK for the implementation of the agreement for the non-military development of the British Bases, and other related matters.

Source: Press and Information Office