The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, met today, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lefkosia, with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Mrs Federica Mogherini. Mrs Mogherini, who was accompanied by the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Mr Christos Stylianides, was also received by the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades.
Minister Kasoulides and High Representative Mogherini presided over official talks of the delegations of Cyprus and the European Commission, followed by statements to the Press. Minister Kasoulides had the opportunity to brief in detail Mrs Mogherini on the negotiations process for the solution of the Cyprus problem. The two officials also exchanged views on the developments in the region, with special emphasis on Syria and Turkey, while they examined the relations of the EU with Russia and Egypt.
Speaking to the Press after the meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, upon welcoming Mrs Mogherini and Mr Stylianides to Cyprus, said the meeting with the President of the Republic was very constructive, adding that the President briefed the High Representative on “where we are on the negotiations on the Cyprus problem and there was an exchange of views on how to better calibrate the role of the European Union on certain outstanding issues”.
Minister Kasoulides expressed his appreciation to Mrs Mogherini for her personal interest on the Cyprus problem and her commitment to support this process. “Your support to this process, as the President highlighted before, is indeed essential and needed”, he underlined.
Moreover, Mr Kasoulides and Mrs Mogherini discussed the developments in the region, including in Turkey and Syria. Of particular focus were also the relations of the European Union with Egypt. On Egypt, the discussion focused on how to enlarge the full potential of the relations between the European Union and the country; Minister Kasoulides, finally, highlighted that Cyprus “considers the strategic importance of the stability of our region and beyond is paramount, and for this we value very much the role of Egypt”.
Source: Press and Information Office.