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FM optimistic about Mavroyiannis’ election to UNGA Presidency

Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides has expressed his optimism about the election of Andreas Mavroyiannis to the Presidency of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly.

Mavroyiannis’ election campaign was concluded on Friday with a large reception held at United Nations Headquarters which was attended by ambassadors and diplomats from more than 100 countries of the Organisation.

The election of the President of the UN General Assembly will be held by secret ballot and it will take place on Monday, at 10am local time.

Kassoulides said Cyprus has gained a lot from this campaign as it has been projected in all member states and he expressed his optimism that Cyprus will win.

He went on to say that Cyprus is a small country with no hidden agendas noting that if Mavroyiannis was elected to this post that would be because of his desire to serve the interests of the entire General Assembly.

The two candidates of the Asia-Pacific group, Mavroyiannis and Fiji’s permanent representative to the UN, Peter Thomson, attended a three-hour interactive dialogue with civil society organised by the World Federation of UN Associations.

In the context of his contacts at the United Nations Headquarters Kassoulides on Friday met the UK Permanent Representatives to the UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft with whom he discussed the Cyprus problem and Cyprus’ candidacy for the presidency of the General Assembly.

On Friday morning he met the Permanent Representative of Greece, Ambassador Catherine Boura while on Thursday afternoon he met with Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour with whom he discussed issues of bilateral interest as well as the Cypriot candidacy for the presidency of the General Assembly.

On Monday Kasoulides will be in Washington where at 10:30am local time he is expected to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry and the US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland.

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