Cyprus Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides welcomed participation of U.S. State Secretary in Trilateral Summit
Cyprus Foreign Minister, Nicos Christodoulides, arrived in Athens on Friday to participate in the 4th Delphi Economic Forum panels. Upon his arrival, the Cypriot Minister claimed that ongoing preparations are taking place to host a foreign quadrilateral ministerial conference between Cyprus, Greece, Egypt and France in due course. Further, the Cypriot Foreign Minister argued that preparations have also been set for the three trilateral meetings to be hosted between Cyprus, Greece with Armenia, Jordan, and Lebanon.
At a brief meeting taken on the sidelines of the Delphi Forum with the Greek Foreign Minister George Katrougalos, Mr. Christodoulides was briefed on the U.N. Special Envoy authorised to resolve the Cyprus Question, Mrs. Jane Holl Lute. The two ministers also pondered on the possibility of organising an eventual meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, to discuss the potential for resuming peace dialogues in the coming months. Further, Mr. Christodoulides welcomed the forthcoming participation of the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the forthcoming trilateral, now quadrilateral, summit between Cyprus, Greece, Israel and the U.S. The conference will be held on 20 March in Israel. Participation of the U.S. Secretary of State is an important development for Cyprus foreign policy objectives, the Minister argued.
Finally, the Cypriot Minister laid out the three pillars of the state’s foreign policy. The first entail the deepening of ties with neighbouring Middle Eastern and Gulf stakeholders on the areas of energy, security and cultural inter-exchanges. The second foreign policy pillar relates to deepening Nicosia’s participation in E.U. institutions. The third pillar entails increased participation of Cyprus within the ranks of the United Nations System and ties with the Security Council five permanent member-states, namely, Britain, China, France, Russia and the U.S. The Cypriot Minister expressed hopes of an eventual upgrade of Cyprus geo-strategic role in the Eastern Mediterranean region, constituting the island an energy hub but also a security pillar in a troubled region.