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Political consultations between the Republic of Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates, 18.05.16
The first round of political consultations between the Republic of Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates took place today in Nicosia, as a follow-up to the visit of President Anastasiades to the UAE in April 2014. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, had the opportunity to discuss with the Assistant Minister for Political Affairs, Ambassador Ahmad Abed Al Rahman Al Jarman, the bilateral relations and ways in which these can be enhanced, matters relating to energy, the cooperation of the two countries on the multilateral level, including the framework of the Islamic Conference Organisation, issues of counter-terrorism and the latest developments in the Middle East region, focusing especially on Syria, Iraq and Yemen. Ambassador Zenon also briefed his counterpart on the ongoing negotiations for the solution of the Cyprus Problem. Furthermore, prospects for investments in Cyprus and trade and business opportunities provided in the UAE were also discussed. In this context, it is reminded that the Dubai based company DP World has recently undertaken the management of two important functions of the Limassol port.

Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to Romania and participation to the 126th Session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, 16.05.16
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, departs today for Romania, where he will hold a working visit. In the context of his visit, Minister Kasoulides will have tomorrow, 17 May 2016, a meeting and a working lunch with his Romanian counterpart, Mr Lazăr Comănescu. Issues in the agenda include, inter alia, the relations between Cyprus and Romania, the Cyprus problem, migration, terrorism, the Eastern Partnership, as well as region issues of common interest. The two Ministers will sign a bilateral agreement for the 10th Executive Programme of Cultural Educational and Scientific Cooperation. More..

1st Trilateral Political Consultations between Secretaries General of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Cyprus and Lebanon, Athens, May 11, 2016

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The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the High Commissioner of Pakistan, 22.04.16
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, received today, at a formal ceremony, at the Presidential Palace, the credentials of the High Commissioner of Pakistan to the Republic of Cyprus, stationed in Beirut, Mr Aftad Ahmad Khokher. More..

The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia, 22.04.16
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, received today, at a formal ceremony, at the Presidential Palace, the credentials of the Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to the Republic of Cyprus, stationed in Athens, Mrs Anita Pipan. More..

The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the Ambassador of the Republic of Panama, 22.04.16
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, received today, at a formal ceremony, at the Presidential Palace, the credentials of the Ambassador of the Republic of Panama to the Republic of Cyprus, stationed in Athens, Mrs Christina Eduvigis Liakopulos Falcon de Papadikis. More..

The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the Ambassador of the Republic of Philippines, 22.04.16
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, received today, at a formal ceremony, at the Presidential Palace, the credentials of the Ambassador of the Republic of Philippines to the Republic of Cyprus, stationed in Athens, Mr Nestor Z. Ochoa. More..

The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the Ambassador of the Sovereign Military Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, 22.04.16
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, received today, at a formal ceremony, at the Presidential Palace, the credentials of the Ambassador of the Republic the Sovereign Military Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta to the Republic of Cyprus, stationed in Rome, Mr Edward Mier-Jedrzejowicz. More..

The Minister of Foreign Affairs will participate in FAC and Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, 15.04.16
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, departs on Sunday for Luxembourg where on Monday, 18 April, he will participate in a meeting of the Council of Foreign Affairs (FAC) of the European Union. During the Council meeting, EU Foreign Ministers will discuss the external dimension of migration, the EU’s regional strategy for Syria and Iraq and the Da’esh threat, as well as the EU’s relations with the Eastern partners. Prior to the FAC meeting, Mr Kasoulides will participate in a working breakfast with the Foreign Ministers of the European People’s Party (EPP). More..

Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives to Cyprus, 14.04.16
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, is going to have a meeting tomorrow, 15 April 2016, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, Ms Dunya Maumoon, in the framework of her working visit to Cyprus. Minister Kasoulides will have a tête-à-tête meeting with his counterpart, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, followed by a working lunch in the presence of the delegations of the two countries. Issues in the agenda include, inter alia, the bilateral relations, the Cyprus problem, as well as issues related to the Commonwealth, in view of the upcoming meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG), to be held in London next week, during which the developments in Maldives will be discussed. Ms Maumoon will also meet with the Minister of Health.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs met with the Swiss Deputy State Secretary, 12.04.16
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, had a meeting today with the Swiss Deputy State Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mr Georges Martin, who is paying a working visit to Cyprus. Mr Martin had also a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides. During the meeting, issues of mutual interest were discussed, focusing on the bilateral relations, the EU-Switzerland relations, the migration crisis and issues pertaining to the protection of cultural heritage. Also, views were exchanged on the latest developments in the Middle East region, especially in Syria and Lebanon, while Mr Zenon briefed his counterpart on the tripartite cooperation of Cyprus and Greece with Israel, Egypt and Jordan.

First Trilateral Political Consultations between the Secretaries General of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, Jordan and Greece - Joint Statement, 11.04.16
Following the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Cyprus, Jordan and Greece in Brussels, on 18 January 2016, the 1st Trilateral Political Consultations at the level of the Secretaries General of the respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs were held in Nicosia on 11 April, 2016. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, hosted a meeting with his counterparts from Jordan and Greece, Secretary General, Ambassador “Mah’d Taisir” Bani Yassin and Secretary General, Ambassador Dimitrios Paraskevopoulos, respectively. More..

Address by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, at the opening ceremony of the workshop titled "Fostering Resilience for the EU and the Southern Neighbourhood – Challenges and Choices for the EU’s Global Strategy", Nicosia, 11.04.16
I would like to warmly welcome all of you here today, especially those who have travelled from abroad, to this workshop organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, the European Union Institute for Security Studies and the Diplomatic Academy of the University of Nicosia. The aim of the workshop is to contribute to the ongoing efforts of High Representative Mogherini in preparing an EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy to guide the European Union's actions in the future. The need for such a Global Strategy emanated from the rapid shifts in the global security system and with the term “Security” becoming even more encompassing and pressing. That is why the European Union's Heads of State and Government decided to assess the challenges and opportunities that come with these shifts. More..

First trilateral meeting of the Permanent Secretaries of the Foreign Ministries of Cyprus, Greece and Jordan, 08.04.16
The first trilateral meeting between Cyprus, Greece and Jordan will take place on Monday, 11 April, in Nicosia, at the level of the Permanent Secretaries of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the three countries. The meeting comes as a result of the visit of the President of the Republic to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan last November and the trilateral meeting at the level of Foreign Ministers held in Brussels in January. The meeting will be attended by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, the Permanent Secretary of the Greek Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Dimitrios Paraskevopoulos, and the Permanent Secretary of the Foreign Ministry of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Ambassador Mohammad Tayseer Bani Yasin. More..

Minister of Foreign Affairs pays a visit to France, 07.04.16
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, departs today for Paris where he will pay a working visit. Mr Kasoulides will have a working breakfast with his French counterpart, Mr Jean-Marc Ayrault, tomorrow, 8 April, with whom he will discuss bilateral relations, the Cyprus problem, migration and EU-Turkey relations, as well as regional matters of mutual interest. Moreover, Mr Kasoulides will have a meeting with the Chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the French National Assembly, Ms Elisabeth Guigou. The Minister of Foreign Affairs will return to Cyprus on Saturday, 9 April.

Opening of the Visa Application Centers in the People’s Republic of China, (20 April, 2016), 06.04.16
The Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Beijing is pleased to announce the signature, on March 29th, 2016, of an agreement with TLScontact, regarding the opening of Visa Application Centers (VACs) in the People’s Republic of China. The Visa Application Centers will be launched in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenyang, Wuhan and Chengdu. The VAC in Beijing is expected to start operating on April 20th, 2016. The VACs in the other cities are expected to open later, once the relevant procedures have been completed. More..

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic denounces the use of force and the loss of life in Nagorno-Karabakh, 04.04.16
The Government of the Republic of Cyprus monitors closely the worrying developments in Nagorno-Karabakh/Artsakh, following the violations of the armistice line from Azerbaijani military forces. We denounce the use of force and the loss of life, particularly civilian casualties, and we urge Azerbaijan to respect the status quo ante. There is no alternative to the peaceful settlement of the conflict and the Cypriot Government highlights the important role of the OSCE Minsk Group and the three co-Chairs towards this end. At the same time, we urge Turkey to refrain from any activities and statements that further destabilize the unfolding situation.

National Security Strategy, 01.02.16
The Minister of Foreign Affairs has been mandated by the Council of Ministers to elaborate, in cooperation with the Ministers of Defence and Justice and Public Order, the National Security Strategy of the Republic of Cyprus for a five year period, commencing January 2017. The rapid transformation of the international strategic and geopolitical environment has significantly affected the security situation in the Eastern Mediterranean region. The Government has decided to proceed with the elaboration of a National Security Strategy so that the Republic of Cyprus will be in a position to adequately address the challenges of the new security environment, for the protection of its vital interests and of all Cypriot citizens. More..




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