Cyprus Mail

FM discusses meeting of Cyprus, US presidents

The need to arrange a meeting between the Cyprus President and his US counterpart Donald Trump was one of the issues discussed in Washington on Tuesday between Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides and US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale.

Bilateral relations between Cyprus and the US, developments in the Eastern Mediterranean region and the Cyprus problem were among other issues discussed.

Christodoulides described as important the role that Cyprus plays in the Eastern Mediterranean and noted that it positively affects its bilateral relations with the US.

“We discussed bilateral issues, such as how to avoid double taxation, and the abolition of visas for Cypriots who visit the US. Moreover, we discussed the need to arrange a meeting between the Cyprus President and US President Donald Trump,” he said.

Other issues discussed were the lifting of the US arms embargo on Cyprus and the trilateral agreements which Cyprus and Greece have established with countries of the region. In this framework, Christodoulides elaborated on the idea of establishing a regional cooperation and security organisation.

Speaking about energy, Christodouldies underlined the importance of constructing the EastMed pipeline, and averting any Turkish actions that can disturb energy plans in the region.

With regard to the Cyprus problem, the foreign minister underlined the need for negotiations to resume from the point they were left in Crans-Montana in 2017, as well as the need for the unobstructed renewal of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (Unficyp) mandate.

He also spoke about the need to implement what was agreed in the framework of the Statement of Intent which the two countries signed last November in Washington.

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