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Cyprus Ambassador to San Marino presents credentials, 24.03.15
The Ambassador of the Republic, Mr. Tasos Tzionis, presented today his credentials to the two Captains Regent of the Republic of, Mr Gian Franco Terenzi, and, Mr Guerrino Zanotti, as the new Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to San Marino, stationed in Rome. Receiving the credentials, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of San Marino, Mr Pasquale Valentini, noted: “It is with great satisfaction that I express my feelings of solidarity and support towards the Republic of Cyprus on the issue of division, the most painful chapter in the history of the Cypriot people. At international level, particularly at the Council of Europe, San Marino always supported Cyprus.” Μοre..

The Minister of Foreign Affairs met with his Montenegrin counterpart, 20.03.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, had today a meeting, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro, Mr Igor Lukšić. The bilateral relations of the two countries and ways for their further enhancement, the Cyprus problem, energy issues, regional issues of mutual interest with emphasis on the ways for combating terrorism, the developments in the region of Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, the crisis in Ukraine, as well as the regional cooperation in Western Balkans, were at the center of the discussion. Moreover, the two Ministers discussed extensively Montenegro’s accession negotiations and the reforms implemented by the Government of the country, in the framework of harmonizing with the European standards. More..

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, Malta and Montenegro held a trilateral meeting, 19.03.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, held today in Nicosia a trilateral meeting with his counterparts from Malta, Dr. George W. Vella, and Montenegro, Mr Igor Lukšić. During the meeting the three Ministers reviewed Montenegro’s accession process to the EU and identified areas where Cyprus and Malta could assist by providing their expertise, know-how and implementation of best practices. They also discussed regional issues of common interest. Minister Kasoulides also had a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malta, followed by official talks of the delegations of the two countries. Bilateral relations and ways for their further enhancement, the Cyprus problem, terrorism, ISIL, migration, as well as regional issues, were discussed during the meeting. Μore..

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns the terrorist attack in Tunis, 19.03.15
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus unequivocally condemns the heinous terrorist attack carried out yesterday, March 18 2015, in the National Bardo Museum, in Tunis, in which twenty people were killed and more than twenty were wounded. The government and the people of Cyprus express their sincere condolences and their unwavering support to the families of the victims and to the government and the people of Tunisia as well as to the people and government of the nations who are mourning victims from this cowardly attack. The Cypriot Government reiterates its solidarity with the government of Tunisia and reaffirms its determination to pursue all efforts aiming at combating terrorism and reinforcing the successful democratic transition achieved by Tunisia.

Trilateral meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, Malta and Montenegro, 18.03.15
A trilateral meeting between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, Malta, Dr. George W. Vella, and Montenegro, Mr Igor Lukšić, will be held tomorrow, 19 March, in Nicosia. The main purpose of the meeting is to review Montenegro’s accession process to the EU and identify areas where Cyprus and Malta could assist by providing their expertise, know-how and implementation of best practices. During the meeting the three Ministers will also discuss regional issues of common interest. A Press Conference will follow the conclusion of the meeting and, later, Minister Kasoulides will host a dinner in honour of his counterparts from Malta and Montenegro. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus will have separate bilateral meetings with his counterparts, while on Friday, 20 March, Ministers Kasoulides and Lukšić, will sign a bilateral agreement between Cyprus and Montenegro for cooperation in fighting terrorism, organized crime, illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, illegal migration and other criminal offences. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro will also have meetings on 20 March with the Minister of Finance, Mr Harris Georgiades, and the Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Mr Yiorgos Lakkotrypis.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs participates in the EU Foreign Affairs Council, 16.03.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, participated in the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) of the EU, held today in Brussels. The main issue of the Council’s proceedings concerned the relations between EU and Africa. The Ministers of Foreign Affairs, almost a year after the EU-Africa Summit, held an in-depth discussion on the ways of implementation of the issues agreed during last year’s Summit, as well as on the steps that can be taken to further strengthen this relation. More..

The Minister of Foreign Affairs to participate in the Foreign Affairs and the General Affairs Councils of the EU, 13.03.15
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 16 March. During FAC’s deliberations, the discussion of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs is expected to be focused, inter alia, on the developments in Libya, migration, the EU-Africa and EU-Russia relations, while issues related to the “Eastern Partnership” will also be discussed, in view of the upcoming Summit to be held in Riga, Latvia, in May. More..

The Minister of Foreign Affairs participated in the meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, 12.03.15
The role of the Group as an advisory body for all the member states of the Commonwealth that face challenges in exercising, inter alia, democracy, rule of law, freedom of expression and gathering, as well as independence of judiciary, was examined during the 45th Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) meeting, held today in London, with the participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides. CMAG also examined the situation in Maldives, Swaziland, Lesotho and Bangladesh. More..

Cyprus Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan presents credentials, 12.03.15
The Ambassador of Cyprus to the Kyrgyz Republic, stationed in Moscow, Mr George Kasoulides, presented yesterday his credentials to the President of the country, Mr Almazbek Atambayev. Presenting his credentials, Ambassador Kasoulides conveyed to the President of Kyrgystan the personal wishes of the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, as well as the wish for further strengthening relations between the two countries, both on a bilateral and an international level. Receiving the credentials, President Atambayev welcomed the Ambassador to Bishkek and noted the possibility for reinforcing and developing further bilateral relations. He also asked Ambassador Kasoulides to convey his wishes to President Anastasiades. Μore..

Article by the Foreign Minister on the occasion of the launch of Cyprus’ national program for the European Year for Development, 12.03.15
In today’s interdependent world, global problems need global solutions. Global solutions are necessary for international security, political, economic, monetary and environmental stability, as well as for access to raw materials and rare earths. One of the major challenges humanity faces is social, economic and gender inequality. One of the best solutions to combat these inequalities at local, national and global level, is development. More..

The Minister of Foreign Affairs to participate in the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, 10.03.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, departs today for London to participate in the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG), the proceedings of which will take place from 11-12 March. Nine Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth, elected for two years, participate in CMAG and the decision for their participation is taken in the context of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. It is reminded that the participation of Cyprus in this Action Group was decided during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in November 2013. Συνέχεια..

The Permanent Secretary meets Israeli counterpart, 05.03.15
Within the framework of political dialogue between Cyprus and Israel, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, had a meeting today in Nicosia with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, Ambassador Nissim Ben-Shitrir. During the meeting bilateral and regional matters were discussed, with particular emphasis on the situation in the wider area of the Middle East and on the efforts to combat terrorism and asymmetric threats.




The Minister of Foreign Affairs to participate in the informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers (Gymnich), 04.03.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, departs tomorrow for Riga to participate in the informal meeting of the EU Foreign Ministers (Gymnich), the proceedings of which will take place from 5-6 March 2015. The meeting is organized by Latvia, which currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the EU. During the meeting the Ministers of Foreign Affairs will, inter alia, discuss the developments in Ukraine and the relations between EU and Russia, the review of the European Neighborhood Policy and the EU Security Strategy, as well as the situation in Libya. Finally, the preparations for the Eastern Partnership Summit will also be reviewed.

The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the High Commissioner of Pakistan, 03.03.15
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 Cyprus, stationed in Beirut, Mr Ghulam Rasool Malik. More..

The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the High Commissioner of New Zealand, 03.03.15
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 New Zealand to Cyprus, stationed in Rome, Mr Patrick John Rata. More..

The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the High Commissioner of Lesotho, 03.03.15
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 Lesotho to Cyprus, stationed in London, Ms Felleng Mamakeka Makeka. More..

The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Cambodia, 03.03.15
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 Kingdom of Cambodia to Cyprus, Mr Nouth Narag. More..

Speech by the Permanent Secretary, Ambassador A. N. Zenon, at the 28th UNHRC High-level Segment Session, in Geneva, 02.03.15
Mr President, Mr High Commissioner, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Nelson Mandela once said that “to deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity”. Indeed, this should be the question against which we evaluate our deliberations and actions within this Body. People around the world are increasingly turning to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to defend their rights, dignity and freedom. It is our responsibility to make sure that political considerations, procedural limitations and inadequate resources do not stand in the way of serving humanity. There is no doubt that the Council is in many ways a victim of its own success; its scope and workload have been growing almost exponentially over the past few years. More..

The Permanent Secretary participates in UN Human Rights Council, 02.03.15
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, is currently in Geneva taking part in the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations. The four-week Session will span from 2 until 27 March 2015. During the first day of deliberations, today, Mr Zenon will address the Session’s High Level Segment. During his stay in Geneva, Mr Zenon will have meetings with the UN’s Human Rights Commissioner, Mr Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr Antonio Guterres, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Mr Peter Maurer, and the Acting Head of the UN Office in Geneva, Mr Michael Møller. He will also have contacts with Representatives of other states participating in the Session. The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 states which are responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. The Council was created by the United Nations General Assembly on 15 March 2006 with the main purpose of addressing situations of human rights violations and making recommendations on them.

Announcement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the death of the Russian politician Boris Nemtsov, 28.02.15
We express our repugnance of the brutal murder of the Russian politician Boris Nemtsov. The perpetrators must be found and justice should be attributed to this criminal act. The Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus to Moscow will participate in a tribute ceremony to be held this afternoon (5pm local time) at the scene of the murder, in the presence of diplomats from all the Embassies of the EU member states.

The Permanent Secretary pays working visit to Austria, 27.02.15
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Mr Alexandros N. Zenon, is paying a working visit to Austria, on 26-27 February. During the first day of the visit, Ambassador Zenon held political consultations with the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Austria, Ambassador Mr Michael Linhart. During the meeting, bilateral relations between Cyprus and Austria were discussed, as well as the Cyprus problem, the relations of the EU with Turkey, Russia and Ukraine, and regional issues, with emphasis on Syria, Egypt and Western Balkans. Ambassador Zenon will meet today the Third President of the National Council of Austria, Mr Norbert Hofer.





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