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Commencement of the licensing procedure for the Republic of Cyprus Integrated Casino Resort
The Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism announces the commencement of the competitive procedure for the selection of the single licensee for the Cyprus Integrated Casino Resort. More..

Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs concerning the current situation in Jerusalem
!!The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus fully endorses the statement of the High Representative on the latest attacks in Jerusalem and expresses its grave concern regarding the recent spate of violence and terrorism in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

We condemn terrorism in all its manifestations and all violent acts that poison the relations between Israelis and Palestinians and undermine the prospects of peace and stability.

The loss of innocent lives in terror related incidents is deplorable and cannot continue. We express our sincere condolences to the bereaved and wish a speedy recovery to the injured victims.

In such trying times, it is extremely important that all concerned sides act with restraint, by taking active measures to de-escalate the tension and by working together to bring the perpetrators to justice. Restoration of calm and stability is of utmost importance.

Jerusalem is a city sacred to the three monotheistic faiths and its religious sites must be respected by all.

Speech by the President of the Republic Mr Nicos Anastasiades at the General Debate of the 70th Session of the General Assembly of the UN, 29.09.15
Mr President, I wish to congratulate you on your election as President of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly and I would like to convey my Government’s full support in the exercise of your duties. Mr President, This year marks the 70th anniversary of the creation of the United Nations. This provides us with the opportunity to take stock of the past seven decades, as well as to jointly discuss and exchange ideas for further improvement and enhancement of the Organization’s effectiveness and the collaboration between its members, always to the benefit of humankind. In order to assess our collective efforts we should first recall the guiding principles that led to the establishment of this Organization in the aftermath of the death and destruction of World War II. The preamble to the founding Charter enumerates the eradication of the scourge of war and the promotion of human rights as the cornerstones of our edifice. More..

Speech by the President of the Republic Mr Nicos Anastasiades at the American Jewish Committee annual board meeting 21/09/2015
Mr President, Esteemed colleagues and friends, Distinguished leaders of AJC, Honored guests, Ladies and gentlemen, It is a distinct honor and a privilege to be addressing the American Jewish Committee annual Board meeting in Chicago. Allow me to express my sincere appreciation for your invitation and for giving me this unique opportunity and privilege to share some of my thoughts as regards our mutually beneficial partnership. More..

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs concluded his visit to Israel, 11.09.2015
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, concluded his two-day working visit (10-11 September 2015) in Israel, where he held consultations in Jerusalem with his Israeli counterpart General Director, Mr Dore Gold, in the framework of the regular political dialogue between Cyprus and Israel. During the extensive consultations, the two sides reaffirmed the strategic level of cordial relations between Israel and Cyprus and renewed their commitment to work further towards closer relations in areas such as energy, security, tourism and research and innovation. Also, the relations between the EU and Israel, regional issues, with emphasis on the situation in Syria, Iraq, Iran and counter terrorism issues, were especially discussed with Israeli officials. Permanent Secretary Zenon also met with the Deputy Foreign Minister, Mrs Tzipi Hotovely, the Deputy National Security Adviser, Mr Eran Lerman, and the EU’s Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process, Mr Fernando Gentilini.

Minister of Foreign Affairs participated in the international conference on “Victims of Ethnic and Religious Violence in the Middle East”, in Paris, 08.09.2015
An international conference on “Victims of Ethnic and Religious Violence in the Middle East” was held today in Paris, at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministers Conference Center, on the initiative of France and Jordan. The Conference attended by over 60 national delegations, United Nations representatives, the European Union and other international organizations. The Cyprus was represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides. The discussion of the Conference focused around three thematic aspects, while Minister Kasoulides was the Rapporteur in the debate of the second round table concerning political issues. The aim of the Conference was to identify specific measures to address all aspects of the situation of victims of ethnic and religious violence in the Middle East, meeting the needs of the world that is affected and in danger, facilitating voluntary return in security conditions to displaced persons, promotion of solution policies respecting human rights and ensuring the ethnic and religious diversity of the Middle East. More..

New Ambassador of the Republic to the State of Israel presents credentials, 06.08.15
The new Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the State of Israel, Mrs Thessalia-Salina Shambos, presented today, 6 August 2015, her credentials to the President of Israel, Mr Reuven Rivlin, during an official ceremony held in Jerusalem. During the ceremony, the President of Israel referred to the close bonds of friendship and cooperation between Cyprus and Israel, as well as the long-standing geographical and historical bonds. President Rivlin underlined that the visits of the President of the Republic to Jerusalem and the Prime Minister of Israel to Nicosia, within a short time, show the close cooperation and friendship between the two neighboring countries, which constitute pillars of stability and security, and that the cooperation in specific areas, such as energy, will contribute to the deepening of the bilateral relations. More...

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs concerning the arson attack in the West Bank, 04.08.15
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus condemns the horrific arson attack by Israeli settlers that resulted in the death of a Palestinian toddler. The attack constitutes a deplorable act of terrorism, as recognized and characterized as such by the Prime Minister of Israel, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu. We extend our deepest and sincere condolences to the Dawabsha family for its tragic loss and, furthermore, wish a speedy recovery to the parents and the sibling of the deceased child, who were seriously injured in the attack. It is imperative that the perpetrators of this heinous act are brought to justice at the earliest by the Israeli Authorities. Given that such attacks could unfortunately result in a spiral of violence and, in the process, potentially derail efforts towards a negotiated solution, we urge all concerned sides to take all the requisite measures to prevent any further exacerbation of violence and to de-escalate tensions.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs met with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, 24.07.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, met today with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Mrs Federica Mogherini. Mrs Mogherini’s visit was held as part of her outreach to all the EU member states. Mr Kasoulides and Mrs Mogherini had a tete-a-tete meeting, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, followed by official talks, statements to the Press and working lunch. Issues on the agenda included, inter alia, the developments on the Cyprus problem, the Southern Neighbourhood, EU-Russia relations and Energy Diplomacy. The developments in Syria, Egypt and Libya, as well as ways, with which Cyprus could contribute to the EU efforts and involvement in the region, were also discussed.More...

Minister of Foreign Affairs participates in the EU Foreign Affairs Council, 20.07.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, participated in the deliberations of the Council for Foreign Affairs (FAC) of the European Union, held today in Brussels. During the Council’s deliberations, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Ms Federica Mogherini, briefed Ministers about the agreement reached on Iran’s nuclear program. In his intervention, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, after welcoming the achieving of the agreement, he stressed that the EU, through the High Representative and the three partners involved in all stages of the negotiations, played a key role in the successful outcome of the talks. “I warmly congratulate the colleagues for their contribution, which indicates the extent of the role EU can play on the international stage,” noted Minister Kasoulides. In conclusion, he said that the agreement could pave the way for solving the problems that beset the Middle East such as Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. More...

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