Source: PIO, CNA
Foreign Minister concludes his contacts to New York, 03.10.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, held contacts with his counterparts, on Thursday, 1 October 2015, and Friday, 2 October 2015, concluding his visit to New York. The Minister of Foreign Affairs held on Thursday bilateral meetings with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Samoa, Barbados, Libya and Iran. On Friday, Minister Kasoulides met with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Andorra and Bahrain. During the meetings, Mr Kasoulides exchanged views on a wide range of issues, promoting, at the same time, Cyprus’ candidacy for the presidency of the 71st Summit of the UN General Assembly. Minister Kasoulides also had a meeting with the Head of the Department of Foreign Relations of the Kurdish Regional Government. The Minister of Foreign Affairs returns to Cyprus on Sunday, 4 October.
Joint Press Release after the trilateral meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Hellenic Republic, 30.09.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic, Mr Nikos Kotzias and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Egypt, Mr Sameh Shoukry, held a trilateral meeting yesterday, 29 September 2015, in New York. This meeting took place for the third consecutive year. The Ministers have reaffirmed the mutual commitment of the three Governments to this tripartite consultations mechanism and to an enduring partnership and cooperation at the service of peace, stability and prosperity of the eastern Mediterranean, as enshrined in the Joint Declarations issued following the High Level Trilateral Summits of Cairo of 8 November 2014 and Nicosia of 29 April 2015. In this context, the Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to constantly work towards enhancing their tripartite consultation at all levels. More..
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..
Foreign Minister continues contacts in New York, 28.09.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, continued his bilateral meetings in the UN Headquarters. Minister Kasoulides met with his counterparts from New Zealand, Mr Murray McCully, Uruguay, Mr Rodolfo Nin Novoa, Antigua and Barbuda, Mr Charles Henry Fernandez, the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the Secretary General of the Arab League, Mr Nabil Elaraby. The Cyprus problem was on the focus of Minister Kasoulides’ meetings with the candidate countries for the UN Security Council. Also, in all meetings, bilateral relations and issues of international interest were discussed. At the same time, the candidacy of Ambassador Mr Andreas Mavroyiannis for the presidency of the 71st UN General Assembly was discussed. Moreover, Minister Kasoulides participated yesterday, 27 September 2015, in the Ministerial dinner of the International Peace Institute (IPI), with main issue of discussion the crisis the Middle East and international consequences.
Foreign Minister participated in the Francophonie Foreign Ministers’ meeting, 27.09.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, addressed yesterday, 26 September 2015, the Francophonie Foreign Ministers’ meeting, held in the UN Headquarters, on the sidelines of the 70th Summit of the International Organisation, under the presidency of Senegal. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, in his address, underlined two key issues: The problem of climate chance and the unprecedented migration flow, observed in the Mediterranean Sea. Both issues, he said, have negative, severe and long-standing consequences. As regard the problem of climate change, Mr Kasoulides underlined that all scientific studies show that we are very close to zero-point, which marks the destruction of our planet. More..
Establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Cyprus and the Republic of Togo, 25.09.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides had a private meeting yesterday with the Foreign Minister of Togo, Mr Robert Dussey, within the framework of his contacts on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. The meeting was followed by the signing of a document establishing diplomatic relations between the Republic of Cyprus and the Republic of Togo. The two Ministers agreed to reinforce bilateral relations in all fields, especially regarding tourism and merchant shipping. Moreover, Mr Kasoulides received an invitation by his counterpart to attend a conference on maritime safety, to be held in Togo next year. Foreign Minister Kasoulides also presented Cyprus’ candidature for the Presidency of the 71st Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71), requesting support for the candidate of Cyprus, Ambassador Andreas Mavroyiannis. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Togo replied that his country would maintain a positive stance vis-à-vis Cyprus’ candidature.
Foreign Minister holds contacts in New York, 25.09.15
In the context of his contacts in New York, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, had a meeting on Wednesday, 23 September 2015, with the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Mr Kamalesh Sharma. Minister Kasoulides and Mr Sharma discussed the Commonwealth’s current issues, in view of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which will be held in Malta in November, as well as of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, which examines the ongoing issues of human rights and democracy of the Commonwealth countries. Minister Kasoulides is a member of the Action Group. On Thursday, 24 September 2015, Mr Kasoulides participated in the Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting (CFAMM), at the UN Headquarters. He also attended a working dinner hosted by the Commonwealth Secretary General in honour of the members of the Ministerial Action Group.
EYD2015 Photographic Exhibition “European Vision in Action”, 23.09 - 09.12.15
Within the framework of the national program of Cyprus for the European Year for Development (EYD 2015) a photographic exhibition entitled: “European Vision in Action” will run island-wide in order to raise awareness to development and all its dimensions, as well as the vision and actions that the European Union (EU) has undertaken in regards to international development. The exhibition features photos of nine Cypriot photographers who shared material from their personal collections: Andri Josef, Anikitos Hadjicharalampous, Charis Zevlaris, Demetris Vattis, Katia Christodoulou, Marina Shiakola, Marios Taramides, Pavlos Vrionides and Stefanos Kouratzis. The exhibition will be presented both outdoors and indoors in five major cities from September 23rd - December 9th 2015. More..
The Minister of Foreign Affairs will participate in the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations, 22.09.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, departs today, 22 September, for New York to participate in the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations. During his stay in New York Minister Kasoulides will hold a series of bilateral meetings with Foreign Ministers and multilateral meetings with representatives of international organisations. Additionally, the Foreign Minister will participate in a trilateral meeting with his counterparts from Greece and Egypt, in order to examine ways for strengthening the ties between the three countries, as well as exchange views on regional issues of mutual interest. More..
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs met with Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister, 21.09.15
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, and Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Mr Ebrahim Rahimpour, held today bilateral political consultations, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the meeting, the bilateral relations were discussed, following the visit of Minister Kasoulides in Tehran last January. Permanent Secretary Zenon and Deputy Foreign Minister Rahimpour examined ways for the further advancement of Cyprus-Iran relations in the fields of economy, trade and tourism. Ambassador Zenon briefed Deputy Minister Rahimpour on the latest developments regarding the negotiating process for the Cyprus problem, while regional issues, with emphasis on the situation in Iraq, Syria and ISIS, were also discussed. Moreover, Mr Zenon and Mr Rahimpour discussed extensively the Agreement on the nuclear program reached between the EU3+3 and Iran. Ambassador Zenon welcomed the Agreement and expressed Cyprus’ support, stressing that the international community now observes its implementation and expects that this Agreement will be for the benefit of EU-Iran relations as well as for the stability and security of the wider Middle East area.
Call for applications for the position of Scientific Associate in Economic and Trade Issues at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Cyprus in Geneva, 14.09.15
The Permanent Mission of Cyprus in Geneva is accepting applications with a view to recruiting a Scientific Associate in Economic and Trade Issues, on the basis of a rolling, twelve-month contract, in accordance with Cyprus national regulations governing the employment and terms of service of local staff in diplomatic and other missions of the Republic of Cyprus overseas. The gross salary for this position shall be fixed at CHF6.500/month and a 13th salary shall also be provided. More..
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs concluded his visit to Israel, 11.09.15
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.
Signing of a bilateral Agreement for Visa Waiver for Holders of Diplomatic and Service Official Passports between Cyprus and Vietnam, 11.09.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, and the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, Mr Bui Thanh Son, signed today, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an Agreement for Visa Waiver for Holders of Diplomatic and Service Official Passports between the Republic of Cyprus and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The signing was preceded by a meeting of the two Ministers and their delegations. The agenda of the meeting included, inter alia, the bilateral relations of the two countries and ways for their enhancement, the developments on the Cyprus problem, the economic and political developments in Asia, as well as the relations of Vietnam with the European Union.