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The Minister of Foreign Affairs briefs his EU counterparts on the illegal actions of Turkey in the EEZ of Cyprus, 20.10.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, who is in Luxembourg to participate in the EU Foreign Affairs Council, had the opportunity to brief his counterparts, in the framework of the Council proceedings, on the illegal actions of Turkey within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Republic of Cyprus. In particular, in the debate on the role of Turkey with regard to the developments in Iraq and Syria, as a result of the actions of the Islamic State (ISIS), the Minister of Foreign Affairs referred to the Turkish actions within the EEZ of Cyprus. Mr Kasoulides argued that those who are prepared to engage in a fight against the Islamic State should not at the same time seek to implement their own national agenda, which, in fact, is directed against the interests of other members of the coalition. Having praised the heroic resistance of Kurds in Kobane he called upon his counterparts not to leave the city to surrender to jihadists and contemned the role of Turkey in strengthening and financing the Islamic State. Μore..

The Minister of Foreign Affairs participates in the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Luxemburg, 20.10.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, participated in the Foreign Affairs Council held today in Luxembourg. Among other things, the Council discussed the latest developments on the spread of Ebola, actions to tackle the threat of the Islamic State, the situation in Ukraine and the developments in the Middle East. The Minister of Foreign Affairs had also the opportunity to brief his counterparts on the illegal actions of Turkey in the Cyprus EEZ. During the discussion on the developments in the Middle East, the Foreign Minister stated the need to support the efforts of the Government of Egypt to reach a durable cease-fire in the Gaza Strip. Moreover, speaking of the threat of Islamic State in Lebanon and Jordan, which undoubtedly are key countries in the international community's efforts to deal with the actions of the Islamic State, Mr Kasoulides highlighted the need to strengthen cooperation between the EU and these countries, particularly on security and defense issues. More..

The Minister of Foreign Affairs had telephone conversations with his counterparts of Spain and New Zealand, 17.10.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, had separate telephone conversations, yesterday evening, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, Mr Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand, Mr Murray McCully. Mr Kasoulides conveyed his warm congratulations for the election of the two countries as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council representing the Western European and Others Group. It is obvious that the member states of the United Nations voted in favour of countries which uphold the principles of the UN Charter and are qualified to oversee the maintenance of international peace and security, rejecting at the same time those who do not respect the international legal order. Written congratulatory messages will be sent to all the newly-elected members of the UN Security Council.

Working visit of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran, Islamic Republic, of Iran, 14.10.14
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, paid a working visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran. On 12 October, Mr Zenon had separate meetings with the Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Oceania, Mr Ebrahim Rahimpour, the Deputy Foreign Minister for Arabic and African Affairs, Mr Amir Abdollahian, and the Deputy Foreign Minister for Europe and America, Mr Majid Takhtravanchi. He was also received by the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif. In the framework of Mr Zenon’s visit a review of Cyprus-Iran relations took place and a discussion was held on regional matters, with emphasis on the situation in Iraq, Syria and the ‘Islamic State’. The course of talks regarding Iran’s nuclear programme was also discussed. Also, Ambassador Zenon, briefed his interlocutor about the illegal activities of Turkey in the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus.

Announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 13.10.14
Today, 13 October, 2014, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus and Greece signed the Agreement between the Republic of Cyprus and the Hellenic Republic in relation to their Cooperation in the fields of Search and Rescue. The Agreement confirms the excellent relationship between the two States and provides for the cooperation between the respective competent authorities regarding the response to situations of emergency within the Search and Rescue Regions of the two States, in accordance with the provisions of the 1979 International Convention of the Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) and its Annexes and the 1974 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and its Protocols. More..

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs pays visit to Iran, 10.10.14
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, will pay a working visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran for bilateral political deliberations. On 12 October, Mr Zenon will have separate meetings with the Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Oceania, Mr Ebrahim Rahimpour, the Deputy Foreign Minister for Arabic and African Affairs, Mr Amir Abdollahian, and the Deputy Foreign Minister for Europe and America, Mr Majid Takhtravanchi. He will also be received by the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif. In the framework of Mr Zenon’s visit there will be a review of Cyprus-Iran relations and a discussion will be held on regional matters, with emphasis on the situation in Iraq, Syria and the ‘Islamic State’. The course of talks regarding Iran’s nuclear programme will also be discussed.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Ioannis Kasoulides held a press conference, 07.10.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, held a press conference yesterday during which he referred, inter alia, to the recent Turkish provocations in the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone, his contacts in New York, and Cyprus’ regional role in addressing asymmetrical threats. Mr Kasoulides stressed that the note (NAVTEX) that the Turkish Government issued on Friday was probably the most serious incident since the Cyprus Government exercised its sovereign right to delineate its Exclusive Economic Zone. He noted that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy, is examining a series of diplomatic, political and legal measures which will be put before the President of the Republic. More..

The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the new Ambassador of Iran, 02.10.14
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, received today, at a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace, the credentials of the new Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr Reza Zabib. More..

The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the new Ambassador of Algeria, 02.10.14
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, received today, at a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace, the credentials of the new Ambassador of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, based in Beirut, Mr Ahmed Bouziane. More..

The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the new Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, 02.10.14
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, received today, at a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace, the credentials of the new Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr Nikolai von Schoepff. More..

The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the new Ambassador of Moldova, 02.10.14
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, received today, at a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace, the credentials of the new Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova, based in Athens, Mr Valentin Ciumac. More..

The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the new Ambassador of Montenegro, 02.10.14
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, received today, at a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace, the credentials of the new Ambassador of Montenegro, based in Athens, Mr Petar Popović. More..

The Minister of Foreign Affairs participated in the General Affairs Council of the European Union, 29.09.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, participated in the proceedings of the General Affairs Council of the EU, which was held today in Brussels. In the framework of the Council’s proceedings, the Ministers discussed the preparation of the European Council, which will take place on 23/24 October in Brussels and which is expected to make the final decision on the new climate and energy policy framework. In his intervention, Mr Kasoulides stressed that Cyprus believes that there should be a decision on the new policy framework until October in order for the European Union to be able to speak with a “single voice” in the negotiations for reaching an international agreement, which are expected to be completed in 2015. Μοre..

Joint press release on the tripartite meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt, in New York, 29.09.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Evangelos Venizelos, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Egypt, Mr. Sameh Shoukry, held a trilateral meeting on 26 September in New York. The meeting took place for the second consecutive year. The Ministers had the opportunity to review developments in the region and to underline the importance of the eastern Mediterranean becoming a pillar of stability in the wider area, by promoting cooperation among neighboring countries, including in the energy field. More..

Tripartite meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus-Greece-Egypt, in New York, 27.09.14
A tripartite meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, of Greece Mr Evangelos Venizelos and of Egypt Mr Samej Shourky took place on 26 September at the offices of the Permanent Representation of Greece to the United Nations. After the meeting the three Ministers gave a joint press conference as follows: Minister Venizelos: I am quite happy that I am at the Greek Delegation with my friend and colleague the FM of Egypt Sameh Shoukry and my friend Mr. Kasoulides, the Cypriot Foreign Minister. This trilateral format is excellent instrument for our political cooperation because as you understand very well, Egypt is always the key factor for everything in the Arab world and we have some very concrete proofs in the last weeks with the cease fire in Gaza and also with the Egyptian initiatives on Libya and the role of Greece and Cyprus as countries members of the European Union for the stability in the wider region is always very important. From this point of view our trilateral cooperation is a platform of stability for the wider region. I repeat once again my thanks and please take the floor. More..

Speech by the President of the Republic, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, at the General Debate of the 69th Session of the General Assembly of the UN, 26.09.14
Mr. President, I wish to congratulate you on your election as President of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly and convey my Government’s full support in the exercise of Your high duties, with the shared goal of promoting UN principles in a period of great uncertainty and instability. Mr. President, The UN General Assembly constitutes the only international forum in which all the Heads of States or Governments gather together, in order not only to brief the international public opinion about serious issues faced by their countries, but to also deliberate on all regional and international challenges that are not country-specific and call international order into question. More..






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