Source: PIO, CNA
The Minister of Foreign Affairs will meet with the members of the Geostrategic Council, 19.12.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, will have a meeting on 22 December, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the members of the Geostrategic Council. During the meeting, Mr Kasoulides will brief the members of the Council on the priorities of the foreign policy of the Republic of Cyprus and views will be exchanged regarding the developments in the region and the role of the Geostrategic Council.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes the initiation of a new US policy towards Cuba, 18.12.14
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs warmly welcomes the announcement made yesterday by President Obama regarding the initiation of a new US policy towards Cuba, and in particular the declared intention to re-establish diplomatic relations and to open a US Embassy in Havana in the coming months. This long-awaited development marks a turning point in the relations between Cuba and the United States which we hope, will be mutually beneficial to both peoples and countries. The Ministry also welcomes the decision of the Cuban Government to release Alan Gross on humanitarian grounds, as well as Washington’s decision to release the three Cuban prisoners, and in this respect, praises His Holiness Pope Francis for his personal role in securing this outcome as well as the Government of Canada for their role. We hope that these developments will usher in a new era of relations between Cuba and the United States which will, eventually, lead to the lifting of the American embargo.
The new Ambassador of Cyprus in Turkmenistan presented his credentials, 17.12.14
During a ceremony, held on 10 December, in the Parliament of Turkmenistan, in Ashgabat, the Ambassador of Cyprus based in Moscow, Mr Georgios Kasoulides, presented his credentials to the Chairperson of the Parliament of Turkmenistan, Mrs Akja Nurberdiyeva. Presenting his credentials, Mr Kasoulides convened the personal wishes of the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, to the President of Turkmenistan, Mr Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, and his will for further enhancing the bilateral relations of Cyprus and Turkmenistan, both in political and economic level. He also convened to Mrs Nurberdiyeva the wish of the Cyprus Parliament for further cooperation between the Parliaments of the two countries. More..
Joint meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Energy of Cyprus and Greece, in Athens, 17.12.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, and the Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Mr Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, had today, in Athens, a joint meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Evangelos Venizelos, and the Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change of the Hellenic Republic, Mr Yiannis Maniatis. Following the meeting of the delegations of the two countries, the four Ministers made statements to the Press. More..
Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus on the terrorist attack on a school in Pakistan, 16.12.14
We are shocked at the heinous terrorist attack on a public school in Peshawar of Pakistan that resulted in the deaths of dozens of innocent children. We strongly condemn inhumane attacks on innocent students and educators and we express our deep condolences to the families of the victims and our support for the people and the Government of Pakistan.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs gives a press conference in the margin of the EU General Affairs Council, 16.12.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs gave today a press conference in the margin of the General Affairs Council of the EU proceedings. In his opening statement Mr Kasoulides, inter alia, said that the Council adopted today its conclusions on the enlargement process. As regards the discussion on Turkey, Mr Kasoulides said that Austria and Greece together with Cyprus felt that it’s not the time to open any accession chapter for Turkey and that such a gesture would send the wrong message. Mr Kasoulides also stated that some countries didn’t express their opinion, while 14 countries asked for the opening of chapters 23 and 24. More..
The EU General Affairs Council adopted Conclusions on Enlargement, 16.12.14
The General Affairs Council (GAC) of the European Union adopted today, in Brussels, the text of the Conclusions on Enlargement. As a general ascertainment, the final text is deemed satisfactory, while it reflects the positions and covers the concerns of the Republic of Cyprus. The Permanent Representation of Cyprus to the EU, in cooperation and coordination with the relevant departments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, have recently been involved in intense diplomatic debates and participated in continuous processes, so that the Conclusions reflect the actual image and behavior of each candidate country towards the EU and its member states. More..
Joint meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Energy of Cyprus and Greece, in Athens, 16.12.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, and the Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Mr Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, depart today for Athens, to participate tomorrow in a joint meeting with their Greek counterparts, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic, Mr Evangelos Venizelos, and the Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Mr Yiannis Maniatis. During the meeting, which will be held in the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the two delegations will discuss issues of mutual interest in the fields of energy and maritime policy. The Ministers will then make statements to the Press. Mr Kasoulides and Mr Lakkotrypis will return to Cyprus tomorrow.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs participated in the EU Foreign Affairs Council, 15.12.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, participated in the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), held today in Brussels. The main issue of discussion was the situation in Syria and Iraq, especially in light of the action of the “Islamic State” (ISIL/Da’esh) in the region. The Ministers of Foreign Affairs were also briefed on the ongoing developments in Ukraine and the countries of Western Balkans, as well as on the EU’s initiatives for addressing Ebola. More..
The Minister of Foreign Affairs to participate in the Foreign Affairs and the General Affairs Councils of the EU, 12.12.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, will participate in the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) of the EU, to be held in Brussels on 15 December 2014. On Sunday, 14 December, Minister Kasoulides will participate in the informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers, called by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Mrs Federica Mogherini, for an informal exchange of views on FAC’s working methods. In the same context, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs will meet with the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Mr Staffan de Mistura, and the Commission Vice Presidents and Commissioners dealing with foreign affairs related issues. Μοre..
Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus on the death of Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Ein, 11.12.14
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus expresses its deep regret over yesterday’s death of Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Ein, in circumstances that need to be independently investigated. Yesterday’s events demonstrate the dangerous situation prevailing in the region and underline the need for restraint and for an early relaunching of peace negotiations, leading to a final settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The Government and the people of Cyprus would like to express their condolences to the family of Minister Abu Ein, and to the Palestinian people.
The High Commissioner of Mr Petros T. Nacouzis presents his credentials to the King of Lesotho Letsie III, 08.12.14
The new High Commissioner of the Republic to South Africa, Mr Petros T. Nacouzis presented on December 4, 2014 his credentials to the King of Lesotho Letsie III. The High Commissioner - after conveying the warm greetings and wishes of the President of the Republic and the people of Cyprus to the people of Lesotho for health, prosperity and progress - referred to the excellent bilateral relations between the two countries and to the admirable cooperation in various international organizations and fora. He also referred to the participation of Cyprus in three development projects of Lesotho in the field of education between the years 2006 – 2011 and to the provision of scholarships by the Cyprus Government to Lesotho nationals in various fields. More..
The Minister of Foreign Affairs to participate in the 10th “Manama Dialogue” Summit, 04.12.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Ioannis Kasoulides will participate in the International Summit for regional security “Manama Dialogue”, to be held in Bahrain on 5-7 December. “Manama Dialogue” convenes annually and constitutes an opportunity for discussion and exchange of views on issues of regional security, among the representatives of the states, as well as other experts on issues of international security. In the 10th “Manama Dialogue” Summit, Heads of States and Governments, Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Ministers of Defense and senior officials from many countries of the region are expected to participate. The participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Summit constitutes a follow-up of the effort for Cyprus’ contribution to the collective procedures for security and stability in the region. The Minister of Foreign Affairs returns to Cyprus on Monday, 8 December.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs participated in the Ministerial Summit of the Coalition of countries against the “Islamic State”, 03.12.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, participated today in the first Ministerial Summit of the Coalition of countries against the “Islamic State” (ISIL/Da’esh), organized by the US Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry. The Summit took place at NATO Headquarters in Brussels and aimed to coordinate at political level the Coalition’s efforts to address and combat the threat of ISIL/Da’esh. In his intervention, Mr Kasoulides thanked Mr Kerry for his initiative, and Later in the afternoon, the Minister of Foreign Affairs will hold separate meetings with the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos, and the Commissioner for Regional Policy, Ms Corina Cretu, with whom he will discuss issues that fall within their competence. More..
The Minister of Foreign Affairs met with the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, 02.12.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides met today, at the EU headquarters in Brussels, with the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Ms Federica Mogherini. During the meeting, which was held in a cordial and friendly atmosphere, Minister Kasoulides had the opportunity to inform Ms Mogherini on the situation regarding the Turkish illegal actions within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Republic of Cyprus, as well as the conditions under which the negotiations on the Cyprus problem can be resumed. Minister Kasoulides also referred to the goals and prospects of the trilateral cooperation between Cyprus – Greece – Israel and Cyprus – Greece – Egypt respectively. Mr Kasoulides said that our goal is to achieve peace and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean and use and exploit hydrocarbons to the benefit of all peoples in the region. In this context, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, stated that Cyprus invites other countries of the region who share this vision to join forces and stressed that this cooperation is not directed against anyone. More..