U.S. strongly supports Cyprus’ right to develop its resources, Francis Fannon tells CNA [VIDEO]

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources Francis Fannon said that the United States were unwavering on their commitment to support the right of the Republic of Cyprus to develop its resources in its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

We continue the long-standing position of the United States that we strongly support the right of the Republic of Cyprus to develop its resources in its EEZ. We are unwavering on that commitment, said Fannon in an interview with CNA on the occasion of his visit to Cyprus last Friday.

At the same time, he said that the United States encourage the two communities to continue to work towards comprehensive resolution and ensure that any and all proceeds from that mineral wealth are shared equitably.

He also said that the United States were seeking to engage with the countries of Eastern Mediterranean region and that he was planning to be back in Cyprus next year in order to continue faster that regional cooperation.

Fannon who came to Cyprus after visiting Israel and before going to Egypt, in an energy focused tour of the region, said that the United State have been looking the Eastern Mediterranean as a region for energy development and energy cooperation, trying to support the development of the countries in the region but also the potential for meaningful exports to the rest of Europe and possibly around the world.

Source: Cyprus News Agency