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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..

Statements by the Minister of Foreign Affairs in New York, 25.09.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, made yesterday the following statements to the Press, regarding his contacts in New York: Question: Briefly, what did you gain from your contacts so far? Is there any change in relation to Cyprus’ image on the Cyprus problem and, generally, its position in the region considering the ongoing developments? Reply: I do not believe that the image of the Cyprus problem could change, as regards the extent to which Turkey is willing to accept a solution that would also be accepted by us. This is not clear. What is clear is that efforts will be made, because I realize that for the United States, the solution of the Cyprus problem is an issue of priority. And it is an issue of priority in conjunction with the other developments in our region, where Cyprus has shown that it could constitute an island of stability, geostrategically needed for peace in the wider region. More..

Meetings of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in New York, 25.09.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides, had a series of contacts and meetings with his counterparts on the sidelines of the 69th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, on Sunday, September 21 until yesterday, Wednesday, September 24, as well as other activities related to the deliberations of the General Assembly. The Minister of Foreign Affairs attended the meetings of the President of the Republic with the US Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry, the Greek Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Evangelos Venizelos and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Ban Ki-moon, the working lunch with the five permanent members of the Security Council and the bilateral meetings between the President of the Republic with the President of Egypt, Mr. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the Prime Minister of Lebanon, Mr. Tamman Salam, the British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr. Philip Hammond and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Mr. Sergey Lavrov. Μοre..

Meetings of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in New York, 23.09.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, had contacts with his counterparts on 21 and 22 September, on the sidelines of the General Assembly of the United Nations. On 21 September, Mr Kasoulides had a bilateral meeting with the Foreign Minister of Iran, Mr. Mohammad Javad Zarif. Yesterday, 22 September, the Minister met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ms. Maia Panjikidze. Furthermore, Mr Kasoulides gave an interview yesterday afternoon to the Anglophone program of the television station Al Jazeera. Yesterday evening he attended the Ministerial Dinner of the International Peace Institute, which dealt with the Middle East.

Condolences to the families of the victims of the terrorist attack in Cairo, 23.09.14
Regarding the terrorist attack that took place on 21st September 2014 near the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus in Cairo contacted Mr. Hatem Seif El Nasr, Assistant Foreign Minister for European Affairs and International Security and Strategic Organisations to convey on behalf of the people of Cyprus his sincere condolences to the families of the victims. The Cypriot Ambassador said that the Republic of Cyprus condemns terrorism in all its forms and reiterated Cyprus’ support towards Egypt’s fight against terrorism. Mr. Nasr thanked the Ambassador for the support and solidarity of the Republic of Cyprus.

The President of the Republic has a meeting with the US Secretary of State, 22.09.14
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, had a meeting yesterday afternoon in New York with the US Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry. The meeting, held in the residence of Cyprus’ Permanent Representative to the UN, was attended, on behalf of the US government, by, inter alia, the Assistance Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, Ms Victoria Nuland, the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr Jon Finer, and the Senior Director for European Affairs, Mr Charles Kupchan. On behalf of the Cyprus government, present at the meeting were the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, the Government Spokesman, Mr Nikos Christodoulides, the Ambassador of the Republic in Washington D.C., Mr George Chacalli, Cyprus’ Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Nicholas Emiliou, and the Director of the Foreign Minister’s Office, Mrs Koulla Sofianou. More..

Participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the 69th General Assembly of the United Nations, 19.09.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides departs tomorrow, Saturday 20 September for New York to participate in the 69th General Assembly of the United Nations. During the ‘‘Ministerial week’’ Minister Kasoulides will hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts from other countries and multilateral meetings with representatives of international organisations. Mr. Kasoulides will meet with the Foreign Ministers of Iran, Georgia, Argentina, Angola, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kuwait and San Marino. He will also meet with the US Assistant Secretary of State for European & Eurasian Affairs Ms. Victoria Nuland, the Commonwealth Secretary-General Mr Kamalesh Sharma and the Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Mr Iyad Ameen Madani. More..

Meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs with his French counterpart in Paris, 18.09.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides, met today with his French counterpart, Mr. Laurent Fabius, in the framework of his working visit to Paris. The focus of the discussions between the two Ministers were, inter alia, bilateral relations, the Cyprus issue, developments regarding the Cyprus economy, the crisis in Ukraine, the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean with emphasis on developments in Iraq, Libya and Syria as well as European and other issues of common interest. The meeting provided an opportunity to confirm the excellent bilateral relations between Cyprus and France and to discuss ways for their further deepening and widening in various areas, including defense and security. Mr. Kasoulides highlighted the crucial role played by Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean, where in collaboration with other strategic partners, it contributes to the handling of various security challenges, such as terrorism, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, organized crime, illegal trafficking and illegal immigration. In this context, Cyprus and France decided to further deepen their relationship in the form of a strategic partnership to handle these security challenges. More..

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs met with the Minister of State for Europe of Germany, 18.09.14
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, had a meeting today with the Minister of State for Europe of Germany, Mr. Michael Roth, who is on a two-day official visit to Cyprus. In his statements after the talks, Ambassador Zenon welcomed the German Minister and noted that this visit is of particular importance in order to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. During the meeting, issues regarding the Cyprus economy, the latest developments on the Cyprus problem, as well as Turkey - EU relations and Turkey’s accession course, were discussed. In the framework of the German Minister’s visit a technical arrangement was signed for the provision of facilities on the territory of the Republic of Cyprus for the carrying out of evacuation operations of German citizens in crisis situations. Germany’s Minister of State for Europe welcomed the excellent progress achieved by Cyprus regarding its Adjustment Program. He also underlined that the agreement signed for the provision of facilities on the territory of the Republic of Cyprus is of great importance for Germany and the German citizens, and expressed gratitude for the excellent cooperation between Cyprus and Germany.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs participated in the Ministerial Conference on the challenges for the stability and development in Libya and North Africa, 17.09.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, participated in the Ministerial Conference organized by Spain on the challenges for the stability and development in Libya and North Africa. The Conference was held today, in Madrid, and was attended by the Ministers of the seven Mediterranean Member States of the European Union, the “5+5 Western Mediterranean Forum”, the “Libya Neighbouring Countries Group”, as well as by representatives of the United Nations, the European Union, the League of Arab States, the African Union and the Union for the Mediterranean. More..

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs meets the Permanent Under Secretary of the British Ministry of Defence, 16.09.14
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, will have a meeting tomorrow, 17 September, with the Permanent Under Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom, Mr. Jon Thompson, in the framework of his visit to Cyprus. At the meeting they will discuss regional security issues with emphasis on the situation in Iraq and ways to tackle the terrorist activities of the organization "Islamic State." The deepening of bilateral cooperation on issues of security, defence and crisis management in the Middle East and the South Mediterranean region, will also be discussed.

Minister of Foreign Affairs to participate in Ministerial Conference on Libya and North Africa, 15.09.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, departs tomorrow for Madrid, where he will participate, on 17 September, in the Ministerial Conference organized by Spain on the challenges for the stability and development in Libya and North Africa. The Conference will be attended by the competent Ministers of the seven Mediterranean states of the European Union, the “5+5 Western Mediterranean Forum”, the “Libya Neighbouring Countries Group”, as well as representatives of the United Nations, the European Union, the Arab League and the Union for the Mediterranean. The Conference will be informal and focus on the exchange of views on the various aspects of the Libyan crisis, while aiming, at the same time, to find ways to support the Libyan people during the ongoing and crucial process of political transition. More..

The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the new Ambassador of Denmark, 15.09.14
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 Denmark, stationed in Athens, Mrs Mette Knudsen. Presenting her credentials Mrs Knudsen said: “Your Excellency, Mr President, It is an honour and great pleasure for me to present the Letters of Credence by which Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has appointed me to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Denmark to the Republic of Cyprus, as well as the Letters of Recall of my predecessor. Our two countries have very close and warm relations, both as partners within the European Union and on a bilateral basis. Thousands of Danes visit Cyprus every year and return with great appreciation of your beautiful country, its nature, culture and history. At the official level we have frequent exchanges, including at the highest levels, and I look forward to add my efforts to those of my predecessor in order to further strengthen the ties between Denmark and Cyprus. More..

The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the new Ambassador of Spain, 15.09.14
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 Kingdom of Spain, Mr Angel Lossada. Presenting his credentials Mr Lossada said: “Mr President, It is a great honour for me to present to you today my credentials as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Spain to the Republic of Cyprus. Spain and Cyprus share a common past, present and future. Our geographic location, around the “Mare Nostrum”, has facilitated exchanges between our two countries since antiquity. Our European identity, embodied by our commitment to democracy, human rights and rule of law, has made us close partners in the ever-evolving project of the EU. And these double roots, Mediterranean and European, bind us to work together and rise above the challenges that will lead to a better future. More..

The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the new High Commissioner of the United Kingdom, 15.09.14
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, received today, at a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace, the credentials of the new High Commissioner of the United Kingdom, Mr Damian Roderic Todd. Presenting his credentials Mr Todd said: “I have the honour to present to Your Excellency, my letters of Commission as British High Commissioner in Cyprus. It is a great honour as well as a pleasure to represent my country here in Cyprus. I look forward to getting to know much better this beautiful island, its people and its culture. As a student of history, I understand and look forward to learning more about the history of Cyprus and its role in the development of European culture and civilization. More..










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