Source: PIO, CNA
Official visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lebanon to Cyprus, 25.11.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lebanon, Mr Gebran Bassil, will pay an official visit to Cyprus on 26 November, during which he will meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides. Mr Kasoulides and Mr Bassil will have a private meeting, followed by official talks between the delegations of the two countries. The two Ministers will also make statements to the Press, following the conclusion of their meetings. The bilateral relations between the two countries and possible ways for furthering the cooperation between Cyprus and Lebanon, the Cyprus problem, issues related to energy, the situation in the region of Eastern Mediterranean, developments in Syria and Iraq, as well as possible ways of providing support to Lebanon within the context of the EU, will be discussed at the meeting. Mr Bassil will also be received by the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, and he will meet with the Minister of Energy, Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Mr Yiorgos Lakkotrypis.
Visit to Cyprus by the Minister for Europe of the United Kingdom, 24.11.14
The Minister for Europe of the United Kingdom, Mr David Lidington, arrives tomorrow to Cyprus for a working visit. During his visit, Mr Lidington will attend a working dinner hosted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides. The agenda of the discussions includes, inter alia, the bilateral relations between the two countries and possible ways for further strengthening the cooperation between Cyprus and the UK, the Cyprus problem, matters related to energy, developments in the region of the Eastern Mediterranean with particular emphasis on Syria and Iraq, as well as other European issues of common interest. In the context of the visit of the British Minister, Mr Kasoulides and Mr Lidington will visit the British ship “HMS Defender”, which is docked at Limassol Port. The British ship, which is in on its way back to the UK, has participated in the efforts of the international Coalition against the Islamic State. Mr Lidington will also be received by the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades.
Cyprus’ Ambassador to Laos presents credentials, 20.11.14
The new Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, based in China, Mr Agis Loizou, presented on 14 November his credentials to the President of the country, Mr Choummaly Sayasone. After the credentials’ ceremony the Ambassador had a private meeting with the President of Laos, during which he conveyed the warm greetings of the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades. Ambassador Loizou thanked the Lao People’s Democratic Republic for its longstanding support as regards the Cyprus problem and informed his interlocutor on current developments. He also assured about Cyprus’ readiness to enhance bilateral relations in various fields and submitted a set of specific proposals in that regard, which were accepted. More..
Announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the attack in Jerusalem, 19.11.14
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemns yesterday’s attack, during prayer, in a place of worship in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem and the loss of life of five innocent victims and injury to seven others. We express our condolences to the grieving families along with our wishes for a speedy recovery for those injured in this attack. It is imperative that all places of worship be safeguarded and left outside any possible conflicts.
Announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the latest terrorist attacks in Egypt, 14.11.14
The Republic of Cyprus utterly and unequivocally condemns the recent terrorist attacks in Egypt, including the gunboat attack near the Suez Canal against the Egyptian Navy, resulting in eight missing soldiers, the bomb explosion in Cairo’s metro, resulting in 16 injuries and the ambush in the Sinai Peninsula, resulting in the death of three soldiers and two police officers, who were off duty. These heinous acts are chilling reminders that the scourge of terrorism makes no distinction and needs to be effectively combated by the concerted collective efforts of the international community. Cyprus stands beside Egypt in its efforts to curb this serious threat. We express our deepest condolences to the Government and friendly people of Egypt, particularly to the families of the victims. The gunboat attack in particular has illustrated that our common Mediterranean Sea is not immune from terrorist attacks. Increased vigilance and close cooperation is needed to protect our coasts and water-ways. Our increasing security cooperation with responsible actors in the region, among them Egypt, aims to tackle terrorism, a threat which knows no boundaries.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs participated in the trilateral meeting of Greece, Cyprus and Israel, in Athens, 12.11.14
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros Zenon, participated in the session of trilateral political consultations between Greece, Israel and Cyprus, held today in Athens. The consultations took place in Permanent Secretaries of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs level, in the framework of the promotion of trilateral cooperation and dialogue to all levels. The three sides discussed regional and international issues, the situation in the Middle East, especially in light of the I.S.I.L. activity, as well as the need to contribute to the consolidation of regional peace and stability. Ambassador Zenon had the opportunity to brief his counterparts on the situation as developed due to the Turkish provocative activities and violations of the international law within the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus. Following the consultations, the Permanent Secretaries, Ambassador Anastasios Mitsialis, Ambassador Alexandros Zenon and Ambassador Nissim Ben Shitrit, met with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic, Mr Evangelos Venizelos. At the meeting, Mr Venizelos invited his Cypriot and Israeli counterpart to a trilateral ministerial meeting in Athens. The Permanent Secretary returns to Cyprus this afternoon.
Cyprus' new Αmbassador to Mongolia presents credentials, 12.11.14
The new Ambassador of the Republic to Mongolia, Mr Agis Loizou presented, on 5 November, his credentials to the President of the country, Mr Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj. During a meeting, held after the credentials’ ceremony, Messrs Loizou and Elbegdorj reaffirmed the close friendly relations between the two countries. The Ambassador, after conveying the personal greetings of the President of the Republic, he expressed his readiness to work for the further strengthening and development of the bilateral relations of the two countries. Taking this opportunity, the Cypriot Ambassador thanked Mongolia for its longstanding and consistent principled stance on the Cyprus problem. Finally, Mr Ambassador congratulated the President of Mongolia for his country's hosting of the 11th ASEM Summit, which will be held in 2016 in Mongolia. For his part, the President of Mongolia reciprocated the warm greetings to the President of the Republic and expressed his personal willingness for the further strengthening of the bilateral relations in all sectors, with particular emphasis to the signing of more bilateral agreements.
Announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 12.11.14
To mark 50 years presence of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, the photographic exhibition "50 years UNFICYP: In appreciation" was inaugurated by H.R.H. Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, on November 12th, at the Armémuseum in Stockholm. The photographic exhibition, which is under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus and the Press and Information Office of the Republic of Cyprus, was initially inaugurated by the President of the Republic last May in Cyprus, and has since then toured the capitals of a number of countries that contributed to UNFICYP. The exhibition will be displayed at the Armémuseum in Stockholm, which already exhibits displays relating to the Swedish contribution to UNFICYP, from 13 to 26 November. More..
EGYPT – GREECE – CYPRUS TRILATERAL SUMMIT CAIRO DECLARATION, 09.11.14
We, Abdel-Fattah El Sisi, the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Nikos Anastasiades, the President of the Republic of Cyprus, and Antonis Samaras, the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, cognizant of the immense challenges to the stability, security and prosperity of the Eastern Mediterranean and of the need for a concerted and collective response, have met in Cairo, Egypt, on November 8th, 2014, to effectively tackle these challenges to nurture our tripartite cooperation ever stronger for the years to come, building on the significant progress achieved so far. We recall the strong historical ties and rich cultural common heritage that we share which is a result of two great human civilizations both with a unique universal legacy for all humanity. We share the conviction that this first Summit Meeting will pave the way to a new era of tripartite partnership promoting peace, stability, security and prosperity in the Eastern Mediterranean in all fields (political, economic, trade, culture, tourism). More..
Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel to Cyprus, 04.11.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel, Mr Avigdor Lieberman, will pay tomorrow a two-day official visit to Cyprus. During his presence in Nicosia, Mr Lieberman will have a meeting with his Cypriot counterpart, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, followed by talks between the two delegations, in the framework of the Cyprus-Israeli political consultation. Issues on the agenda for discussion is expected to include, among others, bilateral relations and ways to further strengthen them, the Cyprus problem, energy issues, the Middle East Peace Process and the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean in the light of the Turkish actions in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), as well as other regional and international issues of common interest. Following the talks, the two Foreign Ministers will hold a joint Press conference. Then, Foreign Minister Kasoulides will host a luncheon in honour of his Israeli counterpart. More..
Joint Communiqué after the trilateral meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Cyprus-Greece-Egypt, 29.10.14
1. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, H.E. Mr. Evangelos Venizelos, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt, H.E. Mr. Sameh Hassan Shoukry and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus H.E. Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides, held a trilateral meeting today, 29 October 2014, in Nicosia. This is the third such meeting between Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the three countries. 2. One of the main purposes of the meeting was to prepare a Cyprus, Egypt and Greece trilateral meeting to take place at Heads of State/Government level on 8 November 2014 in Cairo. 3. Issues of mutual interest, including recent developments on the Cyprus issue, the political transition in Egypt, and the regional impact of the developments in the Middle East (Syria, Iraq, ISIL/extremism threat, Libya, Gaza, MEPP) were also discussed. More..
Trilateral meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Egypt and Cyprus, 27.10.14
In the context of the third round of Ministerial Trilateral meetings between Greece, Egypt and Cyprus that were launched on November 2013, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Mr. Evangelos Venizelos, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mr. Sameh Hassan Shoukry, and the Minister of Foreign of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides, will meet on 29 October, in Nicosia. The meeting in Nicosia is a follow up to the Ministerial meeting that took place in New York last September, in the sidelines of the 69th General Assembly of the United Nations and will serve as a preparatory meeting, in view of the upcoming trilateral Heads of Government summit, which will take place on 8 November in Cairo. The Ministers will discuss, inter alia, possible ways to strengthen the cooperation between the three countries on issues of mutual interest with particular emphasis on security, energy and tourism. Their role and responsibility in contributing to regional stability in the Eastern Mediterranean will also be discussed. The three Ministers will give a Press Conference on Wednesday, 29 October, upon the conclusion of their meeting. Mr Kasoulides will also host a lunch in honour of his counterparts from Greece and Egypt. In addition the Ministers of Foreign Affairs will have separate bilateral meetings, while Mr Venizelos and Mr Shoukry will be received by the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades.