Foreign Minister met with his American counterpart, in Washington – 13 June 2016
On 13 June 2016, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides, met with the United States Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry, whom he briefed on the developments to the Cyprus problem.
In statements to the Press before the meeting, Secretary Kerry reiterated the support of the United States for reaching a solution to the Cyprus problem, while he expressed his country’s readiness to cooperate closer with the Republic of Cyprus on economy and security issues. Secretary Kerry expressed the hope that the re-engagement that has just taken place in the last days will produce some progress. He also noted his intention to once more visit Cyprus at some time in the not too distant future.
In relation to the recent tragic events in Orlando, Florida, Mr. Kerry condemned the violent act of hatred and stressed his country’s deep engagement in the fight against terrorism.
On his part, Minister Kasoulides expressed Cyprus’ condemnation for the heinous terrorist attack of hate in Orlando and its solidarity in the fight against terrorist, as well as conveying his condolences to the relatives of the victims.
As regards the latest developments in the Cyprus problem, Minister Kasoulides welcomed Secretary Kerry’s intention to visit Cyprus in the near future. He added that an exchange of views will take place on ways that the United States could contribute to the good offices mission of the United Nations Secretary-General.
Finally, Mr. Kasoulides underlined that there is the will, highlighting that an agreement in Cyprus will be a very important development in showing that Muslims and Christians can live together in peace in a turbulent part of the world.